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Spirit of the Environment brings spiritual and religious concerns to environmental issues. Providing a much needed alternative to exploring human beings' relationship to the natural world through the restrictive lenses of 'science', 'ecology', or even 'morality', this book offers a fresh perspective to the field.
Spirit of the Enironment addresses:
• the environmental attitudes of the major religions;
• the relationship between art and nature;
• the Gaia hypothesis;
• the non-instrumental values which have inspired environmental concern.
Contributors range from a variety of disciplines including philosophy, comparative religion, education and social anthropology, providing students with an intriguing survey on the role that spirituality and religion play in nature.
This is a vital collection for those eager to examine the relationship between the spiritual and the environment.
|Notes on contributors|
|1||Indian religious traditions||1|
|2||Chinese religion and ecology||15|
|3||Religion and nature: the Abrahamic faiths' concepts of creation||30|
|5||The real, the one and the many in ecological thought||57|
|6||The recovery of wisdom: Gaia theory and environmental policy||73|
|7||Nature and the environment in indigenous and traditional cultures||86|
|8||Aestheticism and environmentalism||100|
|9||The Romantics' view of nature||113|
|10||Philosophy and the environmental movement||131|
|11||Spiritual ideas, environmental concerns and educational practice||146|
|12||Spirit of middle earth: practical thinking for an instrumental age||168|