Kinship to Mastery: Biophilia in Human Evolution and Development / Edition 1

Kinship to Mastery: Biophilia in Human Evolution and Development / Edition 1

by Stephen R. Kellert
     
 

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ISBN-10: 1559633735

ISBN-13: 9781559633734

Pub. Date: 11/28/2003

Publisher: Island Press

<p>Kinship to Mastery is a fascinating and accessible exploration of the notion of biophilia—the idea that humans, having evolved with the rest of creation, possess a biologically based attraction to nature and exhibit an innate affinity for life and lifelike processes. Stephen R. Kellert sets forth the idea that people exhibit different expressions of biophilia

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<p>Kinship to Mastery is a fascinating and accessible exploration of the notion of biophilia—the idea that humans, having evolved with the rest of creation, possess a biologically based attraction to nature and exhibit an innate affinity for life and lifelike processes. Stephen R. Kellert sets forth the idea that people exhibit different expressions of biophilia in different contexts, and demonstrates how our quality of life in the largest sense is dependent upon the richness of our connections with nature.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781559633734
Publisher:
Island Press
Publication date:
11/28/2003
Edition description:
1
Pages:
272
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.70(d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgmentsxi
Prologuexiii
Chapter 1The Notion of Biophilia1
Chapter 2The Material Basis11
Chapter 3The Aesthetic Appeal33
Chapter 4The Measure of Empirical Knowledge51
Chapter 5Nature As Metaphor69
Chapter 6The Quest for Exploration and Discovery85
Chapter 7Yearning for Kinship and Affection105
Chapter 8The Urge to Master121
Chapter 9Seeking Meaning and Transcendence133
Chapter 10Of Fear and Loathing147
Chapter 11Diminishing Nature, Self, and Society163
Chapter 12The Pursuit of Self-Interest191
Notes219
Index249

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