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Nested Ecology: The Place of Humans in the Ecological Hierarchy
     

Nested Ecology: The Place of Humans in the Ecological Hierarchy

by Edward T. Wimberley, John F. Haught
 

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ISBN-10: 0801892899

ISBN-13: 9780801892899

Pub. Date: 04/20/2009

Publisher: Johns Hopkins University Press

Nested Ecology provides a pragmatic and functional approach to realizing a sustainable environmental ethic.

Edward T. Wimberley asserts that a practical ecological ethic must focus on human decision making within the context of larger social and environmental systems. Think of a set of mixing bowls, in which smaller bowls sit within larger ones. Wimberley

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Nested Ecology provides a pragmatic and functional approach to realizing a sustainable environmental ethic.

Edward T. Wimberley asserts that a practical ecological ethic must focus on human decision making within the context of larger social and environmental systems. Think of a set of mixing bowls, in which smaller bowls sit within larger ones. Wimberley sees the world in much the same way, with personal ecologies embedded in social ecologies that in turn are nested within natural ecologies.

Wimberley urges a complete reconceptualization of the human place in the ecological hierarchy. Going beyond the physical realms in which people live and interact, he extends the concept of ecology to spirituality and the "ecology of the unknown." In doing so, Wimberley defines a new environmental philosophy and a new ecological ethic.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780801892899
Publisher:
Johns Hopkins University Press
Publication date:
04/20/2009
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
264
Product dimensions:
5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.70(d)

Table of Contents

Foreword John F. Haught vii

Preface ix

1 Developing a Practical and Sustainable Ecology 1

2 Personal Ecology 14

3 Social Ecology 32

4 Environmental Ecology 50

5 Cosmic Ecology and the Ecology of the Unknown 67

6 Essential Characteristics of Nested Ecology 119

7 The Fundamentals of Nested Ecological Householding 146

Epilogue 196

References 207

Index 241

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