Radical Ecopsychology: Psychology in the Service of Life

Radical Ecopsychology: Psychology in the Service of Life

by Andy Fisher
     
 

ISBN-10: 0791453030

ISBN-13: 9780791453032

Pub. Date: 02/01/2002

Publisher: State University of New York Press

Personal in its style yet radical in its vision, Radical Ecopsychology offers an original introduction to ecopsychology-an emerging field that ties the human mind to the natural world. In order for ecopsychology to be a force for social change, Andy Fisher insists it must become a more comprehensive and critical undertaking. Drawing masterfully from humanistic

Overview

Personal in its style yet radical in its vision, Radical Ecopsychology offers an original introduction to ecopsychology-an emerging field that ties the human mind to the natural world. In order for ecopsychology to be a force for social change, Andy Fisher insists it must become a more comprehensive and critical undertaking. Drawing masterfully from humanistic psychology, hermeneutics, phenomenology, radical ecology, nature writing, and critical theory, he develops a compelling account of how the human psyche still belongs to nature. This daring and innovative book proposes a psychology that will serve all life, providing a solid base not only for ecopsychological practice, but also for a critical theory of modern society.

Author Biography: Andy Fisher is a psychotherapist in private practice.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780791453032
Publisher:
State University of New York Press
Publication date:
02/01/2002
Series:
SUNY series in Radical Social and Political Theory Series
Pages:
328
Product dimensions:
6.10(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.90(d)

Table of Contents

Foreword by David Abram

Preface

Acknowledgments

PART I. GROUNDWORK

1. THE PROJECT OF ECOPSYCHOLOGY
The Terrain of Ecopsychology • Getting a Handle on the Project:Four Tasks • A Naturalistic and Experiential Approach

2. THE PROBLEM WITH NORMAL
Discursive Problems • Between the Human and the Natural • In Praise of the Not-So-Normal: The Hermeneutic Dimension • The Symbolic or Metaphorical Nature of Reality and the Discursive Primacy of Rhetoric

PART II. NATURE AND EXPERIENCE

3. BEGINNING WITH EXPERIENCE
“Returning to Experience” • Talking About Experience • Experiential Destruction and Ecological Crisis

4. FROM HUMANISTIC TO NATURALISTIC PSYCHOLOGY
The Irony of Humanistic Psychology • On Nature and Human Nature

5. NATURALISTIC PSYCHOLOGY: A SKETCH
“If We Truly Experience Needs . . .” • Naturalism • Life as a Hermeneutic Sense-Making Journey • Nature and the Human Life Cycle

6. MAKING SENSE OF SUFFERING IN A TECHNOLOGICAL WORLD
Technological Progress: The (Paved) Road to Happiness? • Suffering Under Technology • Contesting the Pattern: Counterpractice • On Bearing Pain and Suffering

Notes

Bibliography

Index

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