Radical Ecopsychology: Psychology in the Service of Life / Edition 1

Radical Ecopsychology: Psychology in the Service of Life / Edition 1

ISBN-10:
0791453049
ISBN-13:
9780791453049
Pub. Date:
02/28/2002
Publisher:
State University of New York Press
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Radical Ecopsychology: Psychology in the Service of Life / Edition 1

Shows the psychological roots of our ecological crisis.

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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780791453049
Publisher: State University of New York Press
Publication date: 02/28/2002
Series: SUNY series in Radical Social and Political Theory Series
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 328
Product dimensions: 3.76(w) x 9.26(h) x 0.98(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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