In Light of Our Differences: How Diversity in Nature and Culture Makes Us Human

In Light of Our Differences: How Diversity in Nature and Culture Makes Us Human

by David Harmon
     
 

More and more work in applied biology, anthropology, linguistics, and other related fields is now driven by the assumption that we are approaching a threshold of irreversible loss, that events during the next few decades will decide whether we cross over into a fundamentally changed and significantly diminished world. This leads to a very simple question that has

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Overview

More and more work in applied biology, anthropology, linguistics, and other related fields is now driven by the assumption that we are approaching a threshold of irreversible loss, that events during the next few decades will decide whether we cross over into a fundamentally changed and significantly diminished world. This leads to a very simple question that has not, until now, been answered satisfactorily: Why should anyone care? David Harmon takes a unique approach to answering this essential question by drawing on insights from conservation biology, evolutionary theory, linguistics, geography, psychology, philosophy, and ethics.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781588340665
Publisher:
Smithsonian Institution Press
Publication date:
09/17/2002
Pages:
240
Product dimensions:
6.10(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.90(d)

Table of Contents

Chapter 1 Voltaire's Solution Chapter 2 The Converging Extinction Crises Chapter 3 Species, Languages, and the Structure of Diversity Chapter 4 What We Do With Difference Chapter 5 Diversity and the Human Indentity

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