Spirit Of The Environment

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Overview

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.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780415142021
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 2/12/1998
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 224
  • Product dimensions: 6.14 (w) x 9.21 (h) x 0.46 (d)

Table of Contents

Notes on contributors
Preface
1 Indian religious traditions 1
2 Chinese religion and ecology 15
3 Religion and nature: the Abrahamic faiths' concepts of creation 30
4 Pantheism 42
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
References 182
Index 191
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