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Nature and Society in Historical Context

Edited By: Mikulas Teich, Roy Porter and Bo Gustafsson

404 pages, Figs

Cambridge University Press

Hardback | Feb 1997 | #65632 | ISBN: 052149530X
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Examination of the reciprical links between conceptions of nature and conceptions of society from the ancient greek kosmos to late twentieth century `ecology'. interesting and often stimulating introduction to a variety of current scholarly approaches to the relationship between society and nature. Kenneth C. Kirkby, Journal of the History of Behavioral Sciences "...written by an impressively international team..." Canadian Jrnl of History


Introduction; 1. Knowledge of nature and society Ernest Gellner; 2. Two conceptions of the world in Greek and Roman thought Jan Janko; 3. Byzantine fools: the link between nature and society Lenos Mavrommatis; 4. The 'chaotic spaces' of medieval madness: thoughts on the English and Welsh experience Chris Philo; 5. On the perception of nature in Renaissance society Gerhard Jaritz and Verena Winiwarter; 6. Fables of the bees: a case-study on views of nature and society Peter Burke; 7. The earth's fertility as a social fact in early modern England Simon Schaffer; 8. The island and history of environmentalism: the case of St. Vincent Richard Grove; 9. Art and nature in pre-classical economics of the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries Lars Herlitz; 10. The urban and the rustic in Enlightenment London Roy Porter; 11. Science, society and culture in the Romantic naturforschung around 1800 Dietrich von Engelhardt; 12.The anti-Romantic Romantics: nature, knowledge, and identity in nineteenth-century Norway Nina Witoszek; 13. The wordy worship of nature and the tacit feeling for nature in the history of German forestry Joachim Radaku; 14. 'Let us begin with the weather': climate, race and cultural distinctiveness in the American south Mart A. Stewart; 15. Wild West imagery and landscape perception in nineteenth-century USA --eGerhard Strohmeier; 16. On human nature: Darwin and the anthropologists Adam Kuper; 17. The siren of evolutionary ethics: Darwin to Wilson Paul Farber; 18. Mapping the human genome in the light of history Mikulas Teich; 19. The way the world is going: the society-nature dichotomy in development rhetorics Bengt-Erik Borgstrom; 20. Nature and economy Bo Gustafsson; 21. The nature of morality and the morality of nature: problems of normative natural philosophy Kurt Bayerz.

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