1st Edition

Fifty Key Thinkers on the Environment

Edited By Joy Palmer, David E. Cooper, David Cooper Copyright 2001
    336 Pages
    by Routledge

    321 Pages
    by Routledge

    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