Ecology and the Environment: Perspectives from the Humanities

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Overview

The scientific, political, and economic policy debates about the global environmental crisis have tended to ignore its historical, ethical, religious, and aesthetic dimensions. This book redresses that omission by highlighting these humanistic components that are integral to the fabric of our ecological understanding and, consequentially, essential to a broad, multidisciplinary approach to environmental studies and public policy initiatives.

In this slim volume, seven world-class scholars discuss the wide range of perspectives that the fields of literature, history, religion, philosophy, environmental ethics, and anthropology bring to the natural environment and our place in it. The preface summarizes the development of the religion and ecology movement; the editor’s critical introduction highlights the essays’ major themes. Bringing insights from the humanities to bear on ecological concerns, this volume will appeal to a wide audience in the humanities and environmental studies, policy makers, and the general public. The book represents a continuation of the Center for the Study of World Religions’ highly regarded Religions of the World and Ecology series.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780945454434
  • Publisher: Harvard University Press
  • Publication date: 3/31/2009
  • Series: Religions of the World and Ecology Series , #10
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 138
  • Sales rank: 1,016,468
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.40 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Donald K. Swearer is Distinguished Visiting Fellow, Center for the Study of World Religions at Harvard Divinity School, and Professor Emeritus of Religion, Swarthmore College.

Lawrence Buell is Powell M. Cabot Research Professor of American Literature at Harvard University.

Mary Evelyn Tucker is Senior Lecturer, Yale Divinity School.

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Table of Contents

  • Foreword
    Daniel P. Schrag
  • Preface
    Mary Evelyn Tucker
  • Introduction
    Donald K. Swearer
  • Literature as Environmental(ist) Thought Experiment
    Lawrence Buell
  • Nature, Liberty, and Equality
    Donald Worster
  • Touching the Depths of Things: Cultivating Nature in East Asia
    Mary Evelyn Tucker
  • Interiority Regained: Integral Ecology and Environmental Ethics
    Michael E. Zimmerman
  • From the Ground Up: Dark Green Religion and the Environmental Future
    Bron Taylor
  • Cultural Readings of the “Natural” World
    Michael Jackson
  • Notes on Contributors
  • Index

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