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The Great New Wilderness Debate is an expansive, wide-ranging collection that addresses the pivotal environmental issues of the modern era. This eclectic volume on the varied constructions of “wilderness” reveals the recent controversies that surround those conceptions, and the gulf between those who argue for wilderness "preservation" and those who argue for "wise use."

J. Baird Callicott and Michael P. Nelson have selected thirty-nine essays that provide historical context, range broadly across the issues, and set forth the positions of the debate. Beginning with such well-known authors as Ralph Waldo Emerson, Henry David Thoreau, John Muir, and Aldo Leopold, the collection moves forward to the contemporary debate and presents seminal works by a number of the most distinguished scholars in environmental history and environmental philosophy. The Great New Wilderness Debate also includes essays by conservation biologists, cultural geographers, environmental activists, and contemporary writers on the environment.

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Editorial Reviews

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"A rich collection of wilderness voices that previews the shape of environmentalist discourse in the ongoing debate about how we will treat the nonhuman world in the twenty-first century."--Rob Ensign, ISLE

"A good book about a very old question: What is the relation between human culture and wild nature? . . . Many of the arguments . . . will provide readers with much to consider about their own assumptions about wilderness and wildness. Read these essays, go for long walks, and think deeply about what the presence of wild nature in these times might mean."--Bloomsbury Review

"A challenging, provocative anthology containing several dozen essays, by authors from Jonathan Edwards to Gary Snyder, that grapple with the value and existence of wilderness."--Audubon

"This book has much to recommend it. . . . An extremely useful catalogue of recent writings on the wilderness concept."--Paul Sutter, Environmental History

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780820319841
  • Publisher: University of Georgia Press
  • Publication date: 6/1/1998
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 712
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 1.57 (d)

Meet the Author

Michael P. Nelson is an associate professor of environmental ethics and philosophy at Michigan State University, where he is affiliated with the Lyman Briggs College, the Department of Fisheries and Wildlife, and the Department of Philosophy. J. Baird Callicott is a professor of philosophy at the University of North Texas. Nelson and Callicott are coeditors of The Great New Wilderness Debate (Georgia) and The Wilderness Debate Rages On (Georgia), and coauthors of American Indian Environmental Ethics: An Ojibwa Case Study.
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Table of Contents

Introduction 1
Selections from "The Images or Shadows of Divine Things," "Christian Doctrine of Original Sin Defended," and "Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God" 23
Selections from Nature 28
Selections from "Walking" and "Huckleberries" 31
Selections from Our National Parks 48
"The American Wilderness: Wilderness Hunters and Wilderness Game" 63
"Wilderness as a Form of Land Use" 75
"The Problem of the Wilderness" 85
"Why Wilderness?" 97
"Wildlife Management in the National Parks" (or, The Leopold Report) 103
The Wilderness Act of 1964 120
"Federal Wilderness Preservation in the United States: The Preservation of Wilderness?" 131
"An Amalgamation of Wilderness Preservation Arguments" 154
"Indian Wisdom" 201
"The International Perspective" 207
"Cultural Diversity, Human Subsistence, and the National Park Ideal" 217
"Radical American Environmentalism and Wilderness Preservation: A Third World Critique" 231
"The Relevance of Deep Ecology to the Third World: Some Preliminary Comments" 246
"Deep Ecology Revisited" 271
"The Third World, Wilderness, and Deep Ecology" 280
"Taming the Wilderness Myth" 293
"Overturning the Doctrine: Indigenous People and Wilderness - Being Aboriginal in the Environmental Movement" 314
"The Wilderness Narrative and the Cultural Logic of Capitalism" 325
"The Wilderness Idea Revisited: The Sustainable Development Alternative" 337
"The Wilderness Idea Reaffirmed" 367
"That Good Old-Time Wilderness Religion" 387
"Wilderness Areas for Real" 395
"Sustainability and Wilderness" 408
"The Pristine Myth: The Landscape of the Americas in 1492" 414
"The Incarceration of Wildness: Wilderness Areas as Prisons" 443
"The Trouble with Wilderness, or, Getting Back to the Wrong Nature" 471
"Wilderness, Myth, and American Character" 500
Selections from "Threatened Species" and "Wilderness" 513
"Wilderness Recovery: Thinking Big in Restoration Ecology" 521
"Getting Back to the Right Nature: A Reply to Cronon's 'The Trouble with Wilderness'" 540
"Wilderness: From Scenery to Nature" 568
"Should Wilderness Areas Become Biodiversity Reserves?" 585
"Using Biodiversity as a Justification for Nature Protection in the US" 595
"In Wildness Is the Preservation of the World" 617
"Cultural Parallax in Viewing North American Habitats" 628
"The Rediscovery of Turtle Island" 642
"Wilderness Skepticism and Wilderness Dualism" 652
Index 691
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