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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.
Review: 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 1991-04-24, 1991. Hardcover. Buchzustand: Good. 0300048513 Some wear. In a Good jacket. Buchnummer des Verkäufers 17-04-26-BY-24417-MJ
Buchbeschreibung Yale University Press, 1991. Buchzustand: VERY GOOD. little to no wear, pages are clean. The cover and binding are crisp with next no creases. Buchnummer des Verkäufers 2786593972
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Buchbeschreibung Yale University Press, 1991. Hardcover. Buchzustand: Used: Good. Buchnummer des Verkäufers SONG0300048513
Buchbeschreibung Yale University Press. Hardcover. Buchzustand: Good. 0300048513 Light perusal wear. In good condition overall. Buchnummer des Verkäufers SKU1003581
Buchbeschreibung Yale University Press, 1991. Buchzustand: Very Good. Ships from the UK. Former Library book. Great condition for a used book! Minimal wear. Buchnummer des Verkäufers GRP96100351
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: 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, 1991. Hardcover. Buchzustand: Very Good. Buchnummer des Verkäufers P020300048513
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