Where Claxton Falls Short

The Illusions of Consumption Addiction

  • Joshua Savage
Keywords: philosophy, claxton, consumption addiction


Guy Claxton suggests that post-Industrial Revolution westerners are consumption addicts and argues that we must embrace a more frugal and environmentally considerate lifestyle. However, I argue that Claxton’s analysis and solution to consumption addiction does not penetrate far enough. Through Warren’s ecofeminist reasoning and Heidegger’s notion of technology, I show that the anthropocentric assumption inherent in western consumption engenders a destructive and oppressive worldview by creating the illusion that we are justified in subordinating non-human entities.

How to Cite
Savage, J. (2019). Where Claxton Falls Short: The Illusions of Consumption Addiction. Stance: An International Undergraduate Philosophy Journal, 1(1), 16-19. Retrieved from https://openjournals.bsu.edu/stance/article/view/1691