9780415935784

Radical Ecology: The Search for a Livable World

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    9780415935784

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    0415935784

  • Edition: 2nd
  • Format: Nonspecific Binding
  • Copyright: 2005-06-23
  • Publisher: Routledge

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Summary

In the first edition ofRadical Ecology--the now classic examination major philosophical, ethical, scientific, and economic roots of environmental problems--Carolyn Merchant responded to the profound awareness of environmental crisis which prevailed in the closing decade of the twentieth century. In this provocative and readable study, Merchant examined the ways that radical ecologists can transform science and society in order to sustain life on this planet. Now in this second edition, Merchant continues to emphasize how laws, regulations and scientific research alone cannot reverse the spread of pollution or restore our dwindling resources. Merchant argues that in order to maintain a livable world, we must formulate new social, economic, scientific, and spiritual approaches that will fundamentally transform human relationships with nature. She analyzes the revolutionary ideas of visionary ecologists for a new economy, society, science, and religion, and examines their efforts to bringenvironmental problems to the attention of the public. This new edition features a new Introduction from the author, a thorough updating of chapters, and two entirely new chapters on recent global movements and globalization and the environment. It is a timely update that will give students everything they need to know on the most recent philosophical positions and social movements that characterize the radical ecology spectrum.

Table of Contents

LIST OF FIGURES AND TABLES xi
SERIES EDITOR'S PREFACE by Roger S. Gottlieb xiii
ACKNOWLEDGMENTS xvii
INTRODUCTION: WHAT IS RADICAL ECOLOGY? 1(16)
Self in Society
1(3)
Society in Self
4(2)
Self Versus Society
6(1)
Radical Ecology
7(10)
I PROBLEMS
1 THE GLOBAL ECOLOGICAL CRISIS
17(24)
Air
18(2)
Water
20(1)
Soils
21(1)
Biota
21(3)
Population
24(6)
Globalization
30(2)
Roots of Globalization
32(3)
Natural Capitalism
35(1)
Steady-State Economics
36(1)
Conclusion
37(1)
Further Reading
38(3)
2 SCIENCE AND WORLDVIEWS
41(22)
The Organic Worldview
41(2)
The Rise of Capitalism
43(2)
Experimental Science
45(2)
The Mechanistic Worldview
47(6)
The Domination of Nature
53(1)
Newtonian Science
54(2)
Biotechnology
56(4)
The Precautionary Principle
60(1)
Conclusion
61(1)
Further Reading
62(1)
3 ENVIRONMENTAL ETHICS AND POLITICAL CONFLICT
63(28)
Egocentric Ethics
64(8)
Homocentric Ethics
72(3)
Ecocentric Ethics
75(6)
Multicultural Environmental Ethics
81(2)
Partnership Ethics
83(4)
Conclusion
87(1)
Further Reading
87(4)
II THOUGHT
4 DEEP ECOLOGY
91(26)
Principles of Deep Ecology
92(7)
Scientific Roots of Deep Ecology
99(5)
Ecology and Gaia
104(3)
Eastern Philosophy
107(2)
Critiques of Deep Ecology
109(2)
Reconstructive Science
111(2)
Conclusion
113(1)
Further Reading
114(3)
5 SPIRITUAL ECOLOGY
117(22)
The Council of All Beings
118(2)
Nature Spirituality
120(4)
The Old Religion
124(3)
Native American Land Wisdom
127(2)
Mainstream Religions
129(2)
Ecological Creation Spirituality
131(2)
Ecological Process Theology
133(2)
World Religions and Ecology
135(1)
Conclusion
136(1)
Further Reading
137(2)
6 SOCIAL ECOLOGY
139(26)
Progressive Ecology: Marx Meets Muir
140(1)
Marx and Engels on Ecology
141(7)
Anarchist Social Ecology
148(4)
Socialist Ecology
152(5)
Dialectical Biology
157(2)
Critiques of Social Ecology
159(1)
Conclusion
160(1)
Further Reading
161(4)
III MOVEMENTS
7 GREEN POLITICS
165(28)
The Group of Ten
166(3)
The Anti-Toxics Movement
169(1)
Environmental Justice
170(6)
The Greens
176(2)
North American Greens
178(2)
Global Greens
180(1)
Earth First!
181(4)
Greenpeace
185(1)
Direct Action
186(3)
Conclusion
189(1)
Further Reading
190(3)
8 ECOFEMINISM
193(30)
The Emergence of Ecofeminism
194(1)
Ecofeminist Ethics
195(5)
Liberal Ecofeminism
200(1)
Cultural Ecofeminism
201(4)
Social Ecofeminism
205(3)
Socialist Ecofeminism
208(1)
Socialist Ecofeminism and Production
209(1)
Socialist Ecofeminism and Reproduction
210(2)
Women and Development
212(6)
Ecofeminism and Globalization
218(2)
Conclusion
220(1)
Further Reading
221(2)
9 ANTI-GLOBALIZATION AND SUSTAINABILITY
223(26)
The Anti-Globalization Movement
223(3)
Sustainable Development
226(5)
Sustainable Agriculture
231(4)
Biological Control
235(1)
Restoration Ecology
236(1)
Bioregionalism
237(4)
Indigenous Peoples and Sustainability
241(4)
Conclusion
245(1)
Further Reading
246(3)
CONCLUSION: THE RADICAL ECOLOGY MOVEMENT 249(6)
Contributions of Radical Theorists
249(1)
Contributions of Radical Activists
250(5)
NOTES 255(20)
INDEX 275

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