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1st Edition

Key Thinkers on the Environment

ISBN 9781138684737
Published September 19, 2017 by Routledge
426 Pages

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Book Description

Key Thinkers on the Environment is a unique guide to environmental thinking through the ages. Joy A. Palmer Cooper and David E. Cooper, themselves distinguished authors on environmental matters, have assembled a team of expert contributors to summarize and analyse the thinking of diverse and stimulating figures from around the world and from ancient times to the present day. Among those included are:

  • philosophers such as Rousseau, Kant, Spinoza and Heidegger
  • activists such as Chico Mendes and Wangari Maathai
  • literary giants such as Virgil, Goethe and Wordsworth
  • major religious and spiritual figures such as Buddha and St Francis of Assissi
  • eminent scientists such as Darwin, Lovelock and E.O. Wilson.

Lucid, scholarly and informative, the essays contained within this volume offer a fascinating overview of humankind’s view and understanding of the natural world.

Table of Contents


Alphabetical list of contents

Notes on Contributors


Confucius, 479-551 BCE

Yue Zhuang

Buddha, fifth century bce

Purushottama Bilimoria

Zhuangzi, c.370-c.286 bce

David E. Cooper

Aristotle, 384–322 bce

David E. Cooper

Virgil, 70–19 bce

Philip R. Hardie

Saint Francis of Assisi, 1181/2–1226

Andrew Linzey and Ara Barsam

Wang Yang-ming, 1472–1528

T. Yamauchi

Michel de Montaigne, 1533–92

Ann Moss

Francis Bacon, 1561–1626

Paul S. MacDonald

Benedict Spinoza, 1632–77

Paul S. MacDonald

Bashō, 1644–94

David J. Mossley

Jean-Jacques Rousseau, 1712–78

Paul S. MacDonald

Immanuel Kant, 1724-1804

Emily Brady

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, 1749–1832

Colin Riordan

Alexander von Humboldt, 1769-1859

Nicolaas A. Rupke

William Wordsworth, 1770–1850

W. John Coletta

John Clare, 1793–1864

W John Coletta

Ralph Waldo Emerson, 1803–82

Holmes Rolston III

Charles Darwin, 1809–82

Alan Holland

Henry David Thoreau, 1817–62

Laura Dassow Walls

Karl Marx, 1818–83

Richard Smith

John Ruskin, 1819–1900

Richard Smith

Frederick Law Olmsted, 1822–1903

R. Terry Schnadelbach

John Muir, 1838–1914

Peter Blaze Corcoran

Anna Botsford Comstock, 1854–1930

Peter Blaze Corcoran

Rabindranath Tagore, 1861–1941

Kalyan Sen Gupta

Black Elk, 1862–1950

J. Baird Callicott

Jacob von Uexküll, 1864-1944

Carlo Brentari

Frank Lloyd Wright, 1867–1959

Robert McCarter

Mahatma Gandhi, 1869–1948

Purushottama Bilimoria

Albert Schweitzer, 1875–1965

Ara Barsam and Andrew Linzey

Aldo Leopold, 1887–1948

J. Baird Callicott

Robinson Jeffers, 1887–1962

Michael McDowell

Martin Heidegger, 1889–1976

Simon P. James

Eve Balfour, 1898-1990

Erin Gill

Rachel Carson, 1907–64

Peter Blaze Corcoran

Lynn White, Jr, 1907–87

Michael P. Nelson

Maurice Merleau-Ponty, 1908-61

Bryan E. Bannon

E.F. Schumacher, 1911–77

Satish Kumar

John Cage, 1912-92

Peter Jaeger

Arne Naess, 1912–2009

David E. Cooper

John Passmore, 1914–2004

David E. Cooper

Judith Wright, 1915-2000

Nicholas Birns

Barry Commoner, 1917-2012

Peter Dreier

James Lovelock, 1919-

Michael Allaby

Mary Midgley, 1919-

Elizabeth McKinnell

Murray Bookchin, 1921–2006

John Barry

Thich Nhat Hanh, 1926-

Elli Weisbaum

Edward Osborne Wilson, 1929–

Phillip J. Gates

Yi-Fu Tuan, 1930-

Paul C. Adams

Paul Ehrlich, 1932–

Ian G Simmons

Holmes Rolston III, 1932–

Jack Weir

Seyyed Hossein Nasr 1933-

Sarah Robinson-Bertoni

Wendell Berry, 1934-

Jason Peters

Jane Goodall, 1934-

Marc Bekoff

Rudolf Bahro, 1935–97

John Barry

Roderick Nash, 1939-

Gregory Graves

Val Plumwood, 1939–2008

Nicholas Griffin

Patriarch Bartholomew, 1940-

John Chryssavgis and Frederick W. Krueger

Wangari Maathai, 1940-2011

Mia MacDonald

J. Baird Callicott, 1941–

Michael P. Nelson

Bob Hunter, 1941-2005

Thomas E. Hart

Susan Griffin, 1943–

Cheryll Glotfelty

Chico Mendes, 1944–88

Joy A. Palmer Cooper

Barry Lopez, 1945-

Diane Warner

Peter Singer, 1946–

Paula Casal

Al Gore, 1948-

Thomas E. Hart

Vandana Shiva, 1952–

Lynette J. Dumble

Bill McKibben, 1960-

Thomas E. Hart

Pavan Sukhdev, 1960-

Paul Knights and Stijn Neuteleers

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Joy A. Palmer Cooper was formerly Professor of Education and Pro-Vice-Chancellor at Durham University. She is a Vice-President and former National Chair of the National Association for Environmental Education, Chairman of Trustees of the UK Charity Project Sri Lanka and a Trustee of the British and Foreign School Society. She is the author and editor of numerous books and articles on environmental issues and environmental education.

David E. Cooper is Emeritus Professor of Philosophy at Durham University and Secretary of the UK Charity Project Sri Lanka. He has been a Visiting Professor at universities in the USA, Canada, Malta, South Africa, Sri Lanka and Germany. He is the author of many books, including ones in the field of environmental philosophy.