Nature and Society in Historical Context

Nature and Society in Historical Context

by Mikulas Teich
     
 

ISBN-10: 0521498813

ISBN-13: 9780521498814

Pub. Date: 02/28/1997

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

In general terms, one way of describing the world we live in is to say that it is made up of nature and society, and that human beings belong to both. A distinguished international team aims to contribute - through selective, interdisciplinary studies - to a much-needed but currently scant debate over the reciprocal links between perceptions of nature and perceptions…  See more details below

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In general terms, one way of describing the world we live in is to say that it is made up of nature and society, and that human beings belong to both. A distinguished international team aims to contribute - through selective, interdisciplinary studies - to a much-needed but currently scant debate over the reciprocal links between perceptions of nature and perceptions of society from the ancient Greek kosmos to late twentieth-century 'ecology'. Individual essays and the general conclusions of the volume are important not only for our understanding of the evolution of knowledge of nature and of society but also for an awareness of the types of truth and perception produced in the process.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780521498814
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
02/28/1997
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
422
Product dimensions:
5.98(w) x 8.98(h) x 0.94(d)

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Table of Contents

List of illustrations
Notes on contributors
Acknowledgements
Introduction1
1Knowledge of nature and society9
2Two conceptions of the world in Greek and Roman thought: cyclicity and degeneration18
3Byzantine fools: the link between nature and society37
4The 'chaotic spaces' of medieval madness: thoughts on the English and Welsh experience51
5On the perception of nature in a Renaissance society91
6Fables of the bees: a case-study on views of nature and society112
7The Earth's fertility as a social fact in Early Modern England124
8The island and the history of environmentalism: the case of St Vincent148
9Art and nature in pre-classical economics of the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries163
10The urban and the rustic in Enlightenment London176
11Science, society and culture in the Romantic Naturforschung around 1800195
12The anti-Romantic Romantics: nature, knowledge and identity in nineteenth-century Norway209
13The wordy worship of nature and the tacit feeling for nature in the history of German forestry228
14'Let us begin with the weather': climate, race and cultural distinctiveness in the American South240
15Wild West imagery: landscape perception in nineteenth-century America257
16On human nature: Darwin and the anthropologists274
17The siren of evolutionary ethics: Darwin to Wilson295
18Mapping the human genome in the light of history308
19The way the world is going: the society-nature dichotomy in development rhetoric332
20Nature and economy347
21The nature of morality and the morality of nature: problems of normative natural philosophy364
Index382

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