Nature and Madness

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  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 1998-02-01
  • Publisher: Univ of Georgia Pr

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Through much of history our relationship with the earth has been plagued by ambivalence--we not only enjoy and appreciate the forces and manifestations of nature, we seek to plunder, alter, and control them. Here Paul Shepard uncovers the cultural roots of our ecological crisis and proposes ways to repair broken bonds with the earth, our past, and nature. Ultimately encouraging, he notes, "There is a secret person undamaged in every individual. We have not lost, and cannot lose, the genuine impulse."

Author Biography

Paul Shepard (1925-1996) was Avery Professor of Natural Philosophy and Human Ecology at Pitzer College in Claremont, California. He is the author of twelve books, a number of which are available from the University of Georgia Press.

Table of Contents

Foreword ix(10)
Preface xix
1 Introduction
2 The Domesticators
3 The Desert Fathers
4 The Puritans
5 The Mechanists
6 The Dance of Neoteny and Ontogeny
Notes 131(44)
Index 175

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