The World in Which We Occur: John Dewey, Pragmatist Ecology, and American Ecological Writing in the Twentieth Century / Edition 2

The World in Which We Occur: John Dewey, Pragmatist Ecology, and American Ecological Writing in the Twentieth Century / Edition 2

by Neil W. Browne
     
 

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ISBN-10: 0817315810

ISBN-13: 9780817315818

Pub. Date: 10/07/2007

Publisher: University of Alabama Press


American philosopher John Dewey considered all human endeavors to be one with the natural world. In his writings, particularly Art as Experience (1934), Dewey insists on the primacy of the environment in aesthetic experience. Dewey’s conception of environment includes both the natural and the man-made. The World in Which We Occur highlights

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American philosopher John Dewey considered all human endeavors to be one with the natural world. In his writings, particularly Art as Experience (1934), Dewey insists on the primacy of the environment in aesthetic experience. Dewey’s conception of environment includes both the natural and the man-made. The World in Which We Occur highlights this notion in order to define “pragmatist ecology,” a practice rooted in the interface of the cultural and the natural. Neil Browne finds this to be a significant feature of some of the most important ecological writing of the last century.
 
To fully understand human involvement in the natural world, Browne argues that disciplinary boundaries must be opened, with profound implications for the practice of democracy. The degradation of the physical environment and democratic decay, for Browne, are rooted in the same problem: our persistent belief that humans are somehow separate from their physical environment.
 
Browne probes the work of a number of major American writers through the lens of Dewey’s philosophy. Among other texts examined are John Muir’s My First Summer in the Sierra (1911); Sea of Cortez (1941) by John Steinbeck and Edward Ricketts; Rachel Carson’s three books about the sea, Under the Sea-Wind (1941), The Sea Around Us (1951), and The Edge of the Sea (1955); John Haines’s The Stars, the Snow, the Fire (1989); Barry Lopez’s Arctic Dreams (1986); and Terry Tempest Williams’s Refuge (1991). Together, these texts—with their combinations of scientific observation and personal meditation—challenge the dichotomies that we have become accustomed and affirm the principles of a pragmatist ecology, one in which ecological and democratic
values go hand in hand.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780817315818
Publisher:
University of Alabama Press
Publication date:
10/07/2007
Edition description:
1st Edition
Pages:
256
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.90(d)

Table of Contents


List of Illustrations     ix
List of Abbreviations for Works of John Dewey     xi
Acknowledgments     xiii
Introduction: John Dewey and Pragmatist Ecology     1
An Arc of Discovery: John Muir's My First Summer in the Sierra     21
"The Form of the New": Pragmatist Ecology and Sea of Cortez     50
Rachel Carson's Marginal World: Pragmatist Ecology, Aesthetics, and Ethics     78
"The Coldest Scholar on Earth": Silence and Work in John Haines's The Stars, the Snow, the Fire     111
Northern Imagination: Wonder, Politics, and Pragmatist Ecology in Barry Lopez's Arctic Dreams     143
Conclusion: (Eco)logic in the Utah Landscape     169
Notes     187
Works Cited     205
Index     219

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