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Fifty Key Thinkers on the Environment

    336 Pages
    by Routledge

    336 Pages
    by Routledge

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    Fifty Key Thinkers on the Environment is a unique guide to environmental thinking through the ages. Joy A. Palmer, herself an important and prolific author on environmental matters, has assembled a team of thirty-five expert contributors to summarize and analyse the thinking of fifty diverse and stimulating figures – from all over the world and from ancient times to the present day. Among those included are:

    • Philosophers such as Rousseau, Spinoza and Heidegger
    • Activists such as Chico Mendes
    • Literary giants such as Virgil, Goethe and Wordsworth
    • Major religious and spiritual figures such as the Buddha and St Francis of Assisi.

    Lucid, scholarly and informative, these fifty essays offer a fascinating overview of mankind’s view and understanding of the physical world.

    Alphabetical list of contents; Notes on contributors; Preface; Buddha, fifth century BCE; Chuang Tzu, fourth century BCE; Aristotle, 384-322 BCE; Virgil, 70-19 BCE; Saint Francis of Assisi, 1181/1-1226; Wang Yang-ming, 1472-1528; Michel de Montaigne, 1533-92; Francis Bacon, 1561-1626; Benedict Spinoza, 1632-77; Basho, 1644-94; Jean-Jacques Rousseau, 1712-78; Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, 1749-1832; Thomas Robert Mathus, 1766-1834; William Wordsworth, 1770-1850; John Clare, 1793-1864; Ralph Wardo Emerson, 1803-82; Charles Darwin, 1809-82; Henry David Thoreau, 1817-62; Karl Marx, 1818-83; John Ruskin, 1819-1900; Frederick Law Olmstead, 1822-1903; John Muir, 1838-1914; Anna Botsford Comstock, 1854-1930; Rabindranath Tagore, 1861-1941; Black Elk, 1862-1950; Frank Lloyd Wright, 1867-1959; Mahatma Gandhi, 1869-1948; Albert Schweitzer, 1875-1965; Aldo Leopold, 1887-1948; Robinson Jeffers, 1887-1962; Martin Heidegger, 1889-1976; Rachel Carson, 1907-64; Lynn White, Jr, 1907-87; E.F. Schumacher, 1911-77; Arne Naess, 1912-; John Passmore, 1914-; James Lovelock, 1919-; Ian McHarg, 1920-; Murray Bookchin, 1921-; Edward Osborne Wilson, 1929-; Paul Ehrlich, 1932-; Holmes Rolston III, 1932-; Rudolf Bahro, 1935-97; Gro Harlem Brundtland, 1939-; Val Plumwood, 1939-; J. Baird Callicott, 1941-; Susan Griffin, 1943-; Chico Mendes, 1944-88; Peter Singer, 1846-; Vandana Shiva, 1952-


    Joy A. Palmer

    This book is well laid out and easy to follow. Miriam Kennet The Green Economics Institute