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Inhaltsangabe: In this book Max Oelschlaeger argues that the idea of wilderness has reflected the evolving character of human existence from paleolithic times to the present day. An intellectual history, it draws together evidence from philosophy, anthropology, theology, literature, ecology, cultural geography, and archaeology to provide a scientifically and philosophically informed understanding of humankind's relationship to nature. Oelschlaeger begins by examining the culture of prehistoric hunter-gatherers, whose totems symbolized the idea of organic unity between humankind and wild nature, an idea that the author believes is essential to any attempt to define human potential. He next traces how the transformation of these hunter-gatherers into farmers led to a new awareness of distinctions between humankind and nature, and how Hellenism and Judeo-Christianity later introduced the concept that nature was valueless until humanized. Oelschlaeger discusses the concept of wilderness in relation to the rise of classical science and modernism, and shows that opposition to "modernism" arose almost immediately from scientific, literary, and philosophical communities. He provides studies of the seminal American figures Thoreau, Muir, and Leopold and he gives fresh readings of America's two prodigious wilderness poets Robinson Jeffers and Gary Snyder. He concludes with a look at the relationship of evolutionary thought to our postmodern effort to reconceptualize ourselves as civilized beings who remain, in some ways, natural animals.
Rezension: Former U.S. Secretary of the Interior James Watt may have seemed only a passing nightmare in his day, but he acted out of a very old tradition of American attitudes toward the land and its proper use. So did Henry David Thoreau. So did Edward Abbey. Americans have been arguing about the environment since the first boats landed at Jamestown, and by all appearances they'll keep right on arguing into the next millennium. The Idea of Wilderness packs the centuries-old story into a lively narrative with its full complement of heroes--Thoreau, John Muir, Aldo Leopold--a few choice villains of the robber-baron and bureaucrat persuasion, and a few middling souls like Gifford Pinchot, founder of the United States Forest Service. Max Oelschlaeger writes persuasively on the philosophical and religious underpinnings of various environmental positions, showing that indeed there's nothing new under the sun.
Buchbeschreibung Yale University Press. Hardcover. Buchzustand: Good. 0300048513 Light perusal wear. In good condition overall. Buchnummer des Verkäufers SKU1003581
Buchbeschreibung Yale University Press, 1991. Hardcover. Buchzustand: Very Good. The Idea of Wilderness: From Prehistory to the Age of Ecology This book is in very good condition and will be shipped within 24 hours of ordering. The cover may have some limited signs of wear but the pages are clean, intact and the spine remains undamaged. This book has clearly been well maintained and looked after thus far. Money back guarantee if you are not satisfied. See all our books here, order more than 1 book and get discounted shipping. . Buchnummer des Verkäufers 7719-9780300048513
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Buchbeschreibung Yale University Press, 1991. Hardcover. Buchzustand: Used: Good. Buchnummer des Verkäufers SONG0300048513
Buchbeschreibung Yale University Press 1991-04-24, 1991. Hardcover. Buchzustand: good. 1ST. 0300048513. Buchnummer des Verkäufers 480905
Buchbeschreibung Yale University Press, 1991. Hardcover. Buchzustand: Used: Good. Buchnummer des Verkäufers 12621346
Buchbeschreibung Yale University Press, 1991. Hardcover. Buchzustand: Used: Very Good. Zustand des Schutzumschlags: Very Good. A nice hardcover with a crisp dust jacket, a tight binding and an unmarked text. From a private smoke free collection. Shipping within 24 hours, tracking number and delivery Confirmation. Buchnummer des Verkäufers SHUGEC7C-1221e
Buchbeschreibung Yale University Press, New Haven, 1991. Hardcover. First edition. Octavo. 345pp. Gray cloth boards. Slightly cocked spine, lightly faded board edges else about near fine in a near fine age-toned dustwrapper with edge wear. Buchnummer des Verkäufers 367155
Buchbeschreibung Yale University Press, 1991. Hardcover. Buchzustand: Good. Good condition, some are ex-library and can have markings. Buchnummer des Verkäufers GD-012-31-1950301
Buchbeschreibung Yale University Press, New Haven, CT, 1991. Buchzustand: good, good. 25 cm, 477, name on half-title, highlighting and marginalia noted at beginning and end of work, minor edge wear and soiling to DJ. Good. No dust jacket. Highlighting/Underlining. Name on half title. Highlighting and marginalia noted at beginning and end of work. DJ has minor edgewear and soiling. Buchnummer des Verkäufers 25469