The Natural Alien: Humankind and Environment / Edition 2

The Natural Alien: Humankind and Environment / Edition 2

by Neil Evernden, Lorne Leslie Evernden
     
 

ISBN-10: 0802077854

ISBN-13: 9780802077851

Pub. Date: 04/28/1993

Publisher: University of Toronto Press, Scholarly Publishing Division

In this eloquent and sympathetic book, Evernden evaluates the international environmental movement and the underlying assumptions that could doom it to failure. Beginning with a simple definition of environmentalists as "those who confess a concern for the non-human," he reviews what is inherent in industrial societies to make them so resistant to the

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In this eloquent and sympathetic book, Evernden evaluates the international environmental movement and the underlying assumptions that could doom it to failure. Beginning with a simple definition of environmentalists as "those who confess a concern for the non-human," he reviews what is inherent in industrial societies to make them so resistant to the concerns of environmentalists. His analysis draws on citing such diverse sources as Merleau-Ponty, Heidegger, and TIME, and examines how we tend to think about the world and how we might think about it.

The book does not offer solutions to environmental questions, but it does offer the hope that there can be new ways of thinking and flexibility in human/environmental relations. Although humans seem alienated from our the natural world, we can develop a new understanding of 'self in the world.'

The second edition has a new preface and an epilogue in which Evernden analyses the latest environmental catch-phrase: sustainable development.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780802077851
Publisher:
University of Toronto Press, Scholarly Publishing Division
Publication date:
04/28/1993
Edition description:
Second edition
Pages:
172
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.50(d)

Table of Contents

Preface
Preface to the Second Edition
The Environmentalists' Dilemma
1Talking about the Mountain3
The Cultural Dimension
2The Fields of Self35
3Returning to Experience55
The Organic Dimension
4A Biology of Subjects73
5Natural Aliens103
The Context of Environmentalism
6The Shells of Belief125
Epilogue145
Notes155
Index169

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