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Overview

As we survey the negative effects of modernism—environmental destruction, the net consumption of irreplaceable natural resources, the ever-widening gulf between first and third worlds—we are forced to grapple with the consequences of the domination of nature by human beings. Clearly, for the earth and its peoples to survive, new ways of thinking about the human relationship to nature are needed.

The readings gathered in this popular reader join these issues with critical theory to examine the ongoing struggle to rediscover the nature within human beings and to reconnect it with external nature. A critical theory of the environment offers both an analysis of current problems of the domination of people and nature and ways of attaining sustainability in the future.

Distinguished environmental scholar Carolyn Merchant has brought together some of the foremost environmental thinkers of the twenty-first century. They present new philosophies, theories of justice, spiritual relations, and scientific thought. This second edition contains new material on globalization, natural capitalism, the ecofeminist and environmental justice movements, feminist green socialism, conservation and third world peoples, and the ecology of order and chaos, while retaining many of the most provocative selections from the first edition. The conclusion presents the "Principles of Environmental Justice," adopted by the First National People of Color Environmental Leadership Summit.

Scholars, teachers, and anyone concerned about the future of the planet will find in this excellent collection an array of new directions, ideas, and possibilities for healing the wounds of the past.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781591025788
  • Publisher: Prometheus Books
  • Publication date: 3/28/2008
  • Series: Key Concepts in Critical Theory Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 436
  • Sales rank: 472,976
  • Product dimensions: 5.37 (w) x 8.30 (h) x 0.95 (d)

Meet the Author

Carolyn Merchant is professor of Environmental history, philosophy, and ethics in the Department of Environmental Science, Policy, and Management at the University of California, Berkeley. She is the author of The Death of Nature: Women, Ecology, and the Scientific Revolution; Ecological Revolutions: Nature, Gender, and Science in New England; and Radical Ecology: The Search for a Livable World. She is also the editor of Major Problems in American Environmental History.

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Table of Contents

Series Editor's Preface   Roger S. Gottlieb     9
Acknowledgments     11
Introduction   Carolyn Merchant     15
Critical Theory and the Domination of Nature
Marx and Engels on Ecology   Karl Marx   Friedrich Engels$dEdited by Howard L. Parsons     43
The Concept of Enlightenment   Max Horkheimer   Theodor Adorno$dTranslated by John Cumming     59
Ecology and Revolution   Herbert Marcuse     67
The Domination of Nature   William Leiss     71
The Failed Promise of Critical Theory   Robyn Eckersley     81
Globalization
Corporate Globalization   Rosemary Radford Ruether     95
Global Capitalism and the End of Nature   Joel Kovel     103
Global Ecological Movements   Brian Tokar     109
Population and Poverty   Barry Commoner     123
Natural Capitalism   Paul Hawken   Amory Lovins   L. Hunter Lovins     131
Deep, Social, and Socialist Ecology
Deep Ecology   Arne Naess     143
The Deep Ecology Movement   Bill Devall     149
Ecocentrism and the Anthropocentric Detour   George Sessions     165
The Concept of Social Ecology   Murray Bookchin     177
Socialism and Ecology   James O'Connor     189
Ecofeminism
The Time for Ecofeminism   Francoise d'Eaubonne$dTranslated by Ruth Hottell     201
The Ecofeminist Connection   Ariel Kay Salleh     215
Ecosocial Feminism as a General Theory of Oppression   Val Plumwood     223
Ecofeminist Movements   Noel Sturgeon     237
Towards a Feminist Green Socialism   Mary Mellor     251
Environmental Justice
The Importance of Environmental Justice   Peter Wenz     259
Confronting Environmental Racism   Robert Bullard     265
The Environmental Justice Movement   Luke Cole   Sheila Foster     277
Development, Ecology, and Women   Vandana Shiva     293
Conservation Refugees   Mark Dowie     301
Spiritual Ecology
Reinventing Eden   Carolyn Merchant     311
Toward a Healing of Self and World   Joanna Macy     331
The Spiritual Dimension of Green Politics   Charlene Spretnak     339
Ecology and Process Theology   John Cobb Jr.      349
Recovering the Sacred   Winona LaDuke     355
Postmodern Science
Systems Theory and the New Paradigm   Fritjof Capra     365
The Ecology of Order and Chaos   Donald Worster     373
Postmodern Science and a Postmodern World   David Bohm     387
Predictability: Does the Flap of a Butterfly's Wings in Brazil Set Off a Tornado in Texas?   Edward Lorenz     397
Science in a World of Limited Predictability   Ilya Prigogine     401
Conclusion
Principles of Environmental Justice: The First National People of Color Environmental Leadership Summit     407
Index     411
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