Nature: Western Attitudes Since Ancient Times / Edition 1

Nature: Western Attitudes Since Ancient Times / Edition 1

by Peter Coates
     
 

ISBN-10: 0520244788

ISBN-13: 9780520244788

Pub. Date: 12/20/2004

Publisher: University of California Press

Is nature an objective reality unaffected, in its beautiful simplicity, by time, culture, and place? What does this extraordinarily complex term mean? These are the riveting questions examined by Peter Coates as he demonstrates that nature, like us, has a history. Beginning with Roman times, he lifts the veil of nature and reveals the ideological and material factors…  See more details below

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Is nature an objective reality unaffected, in its beautiful simplicity, by time, culture, and place? What does this extraordinarily complex term mean? These are the riveting questions examined by Peter Coates as he demonstrates that nature, like us, has a history. Beginning with Roman times, he lifts the veil of nature and reveals the ideological and material factors that have influenced human perceptions of, attitudes to, and uses of nature - notably religion and ethics, science, technology, economics, gender, and ethnicity. The book is essential reading for those who seek an understanding of the history of ideas and the role of nature in that history.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780520244788
Publisher:
University of California Press
Publication date:
12/20/2004
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
254
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.63(d)

Table of Contents

1The natures of nature1
2Ancient Greece and Rome23
3The Middle Ages40
4The advent of modernity67
5The world beyond Europe82
6Nature as landscape110
7Reassessments of nature : romantic and ecological125
8The disunited colours of nature145
9The future of nature173

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