Earth Matters : The Earth Sciences, Philosophy, and the Claims of Community / Edition 1

Earth Matters : The Earth Sciences, Philosophy, and the Claims of Community / Edition 1

by Robert Frodeman
     
 

ISBN-10: 0130119962

ISBN-13: 9780130119964

Pub. Date: 12/16/1999

Publisher: Pearson Education

As we enter the 21st century, the Earth sciences are becoming the central disciplines that define the natural limits of resources and ecosystems. A true understanding of this shift requires a combination of philosophic reflection and scientific information and perspectives. Despite this, little has been written about the changing roles of the Earth sciences in…  See more details below

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As we enter the 21st century, the Earth sciences are becoming the central disciplines that define the natural limits of resources and ecosystems. A true understanding of this shift requires a combination of philosophic reflection and scientific information and perspectives. Despite this, little has been written about the changing roles of the Earth sciences in society, nor on what philosophy can contribute toward the goal of living more gently on the planet. In this volume, Robert Frodeman has collected the thoughts of some of the most forward-looking scholars from the Earth sciences, philosophy, and public policy on this topic.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780130119964
Publisher:
Pearson Education
Publication date:
12/16/1999
Pages:
240
Product dimensions:
7.05(w) x 9.24(h) x 0.39(d)

Table of Contents

Preface
Pt. IRock Logic: The Nature of the Earth Sciences1
1Conversing with the Earth: The Geological Approach to Understanding2
2Reading the Riddle of Nuclear Waste: Idealized Geological Models and Positivist Epistemology11
3Inhabitation and Orientation: Science Beyond Disenchantment25
4The Modern Earth Narrative: Natural and Human History of the Earth35
5Messages in Stone: Field Geology in the American West51
Pt. IIThe Earth Sciences in Life of the Community63
6A Multi Disciplinary Approach to Managing and Resolving Environmental Conflicts64
7Science and Environmental Policy: An Excess of Objectivity79
8The Transparency and Contigency of the Earth99
9Natural Aliens Reconsidered: Causes, Consequences, and Cures107
10A Sense of the Whole: Toward an Understanding of Acid Mine Drainage in the West119
11Nature and Culture141
Pt. IIIPhilosophic Approaches to the Earth151
12Earth Religons, Earth Sciences, Earth Philosophies152
13Sacred Earth165
14Ecological Emotions175
15Four Ways to Look at Earth189
Index205

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