The Natural Alien: Humankind and Environment

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The Natural Alien: Humankind and Environment

The Natural Alien Humankind and Environment In this eloquent and sympathetic book Evernden evaluates the international environmental movement and the underlying assumptions that could doom it to failure Beginning with a simple definition of en

  • Title: The Natural Alien: Humankind and Environment
  • Author: Neil Evernden
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  • Page: 469
  • Format: Paperback
  • In this eloquent and sympathetic book, Evernden evaluates the international environmental movement and the underlying assumptions that could doom it to failure Beginning with a simple definition of environmentalists as those who confess a concern for the non human, he reviews what is inherent in industrial societies to make them so resistant to the concerns of environmeIn this eloquent and sympathetic book, Evernden evaluates the international environmental movement and the underlying assumptions that could doom it to failure Beginning with a simple definition of environmentalists as those who confess a concern for the non human, he reviews what is inherent in industrial societies to make them so resistant to the concerns of environmentalists His analysis draws on citing such diverse sources as Merleau Ponty, Heidegger, and TIME, and examines how we tend to think about the world and how we might think about it.The book does not offer solutions to environmental questions, but it does offer the hope that there can be new ways of thinking and flexibility in human environmental relations Although humans seem alienated from our the natural world, we can develop a new understanding of self in the world The second edition has a new preface and an epilogue in which Evernden analyses the latest environmental catch phrase sustainable development.

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    1. Dylan on said:

      Reread 11/13/2009Environmentalism is far bigger than the pigeonhole into which it has been forced by modern industrial society's demands for appropriate discourse. I mean to say that it is just as important to change the way we think as it is to change the way we act. The whole idea of an "environment" is an expression of anthropocentrism, for example. This anthropocentrism--this silencing of the world, to paraphrase Evernden--is the very cause of the environmental crisis. So the primary impulse [...]

    2. Individualfrog on said:

      I first read this book in college, in an amazing class, by far the best class I've ever taken in any context, mind-expanding and life-changing like college, I hear, is supposed to be. That class was on John Cage and Silence, taught by the amazing Thalia Field, and the fact that this book, which has nothing to do with music, or silence, or John Cage, was part of the syllabus is a good example of what made the class so amazing. Professor Field took Cage as a starting point, a wonderfully fertile s [...]

    3. Ryan Mishap on said:

      Aren't environmentalist causes taken more seriously and victories being won? So it appears, but the reality of the destruction of the earth is devestating and it is only our perceptios of how "green" is the new god that have changed. Sound familar in this age of greenwashing and "sustainable" business? The situation was no different twenty four years ago when The Natural Alien was published in 1985. Evernden isn't critiquing the failures of the environmentalist--he wants to get rid of that word, [...]

    4. Julie on said:

      This is probably the first book I've read in the environmental ethics/philosophy genre. Overall, it's not a particularly enjoyable read and if you're anything like me you certainly won't go flying through it, but it has both modified my world view and given me a greater understanding of the one I already had. Truly it deserves more recognition than it has, and I am glad to have been lent it.

    5. Adam Patterson on said:

      Crucial reconstruction of the pathos of environmentalism. Asks the questions that really need to be posed.

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