Juan Martinez-Alier

Juan Martinez-Alier nsIn existographies, Juan Martinez-Alier (c.1941-) (CR:5) is a Spanish economist noted, in economic thermodynamics, for []

Overview
In 1987, Alier publisher Ecological Economics: Energy, Environment, and Society, one of the first books on ecological economics, the aim of which seems to be an effort to employ some kind of energy accounting system into economic theory and practice. Alier notes that engineer Josef Popper tried unsuccessfully to promote a biophysical view of the economy as a subsystem embedded in a larger system subject to the law of thermodynamics. He notes that Popper wrote on the history of thermodynamics wherein he insisted on strict separation of scientific propositions and metaphysical propositions, complaining about William Thomson’s religious tirades based on the second law. [2]

Education
Martinez-Alier completed his PhD in economics at the Autonomous University of Barcelona and has been a professor of economics and economic history there since 1975.

Quotes | By
The following are quotes by Alier:

“The starting point for economics should be the first and second laws of thermodynamics.”
— Juan Alier (1987), Ecological Economics (pg. 135)

References
1. (a) Martinez-Alier, Juan and Schlupmann, Klaus. (1987). Ecological Economics: Energy, Environment, and Society (quote, pg. 135). Blackwell.
(b) Rotond, Claudia. (2001). “Competition and Economic Temperature: the Entropy Law in Emanuele Sella’s Work”, in: Economics and Interdisciplinary Exchange (ch. 6:, pgs. 150-170), ed. Guido Erreygers. Routledge.
(c) Wallace, Thomas P. (2009). Wealth, Energy, and Human Values: the Dynamics of Decaying Civilizations from Ancient Greece to America (pg. 25). AuthorHouse.
2. Alier-Martinez, Juan. (2002). The Environmentalism of the Poor: a Study of Ecological Conflicts and Valuation (thermodynamics, pg. x, 18-19, 32, 44, 163, 217). Edward Elgar Publishing.

External links
Martinez Alier, Juan – WorldCat Identities.
Juan Martinez-Alier (researcher) – United Nations Research Institute for Social Development.
Joan Martinez Alier (contributor) – Encyclopedia of Earth.

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