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Reinventing Eden

The Fate of Nature in Western Culture, 2nd Edition

By Carolyn Merchant


304 pages | 28 B/W Illus.

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This revised edition of Carolyn Merchant’s classic Reinventing Eden has been updated with a new foreword and afterword.

Visionary quests to return to the Garden of Eden have shaped Western Culture. This book traces the idea of rebuilding the primeval garden from its origins to its latest incarnations and offers a bold new way to think about the earth.

Table of Contents

Illustrations Acknowledgements Foreword 1. A Garden Planet Part I: Genesis of the Recovery of the Recovery Narrative Narrative 2. The Fall from Eden 3. Recovering the Garden 4. From Wilderness to Civilization Part II: New World Edens Edens World Edens Edens 5. Adam as Hero 6. Eve as Nature 7. Colonizing Eden 8. Eden Commodified Part III: New Stories 9. Earth in Recovery 10. Order out of Chaos 11. Partnership Afterword

About the Author

Carolyn Merchant is professor of Environmental History, Philosophy, and Ethics in the Department of Environmental Science, Policy, and Management at the University of California, Berkeley.

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
NATURE / Environmental Conservation & Protection
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Sociology / General