Reinventing Eden: The Fate of Nature in Western Culture

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9780415931656: Reinventing Eden: The Fate of Nature in Western Culture

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.

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Carolyn Merchant is Chancellor's Professor of Environmental History, Philosophy, and Ethics at the University of California, Berkeley. She is the current president of the American Society of Environmental History. She is also the author of Radical Ecology and Earthcare (both published by Routledge).

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[Merchant] covers a wealth of information and sheds light on the thinking of generations of scientists, philosophers, and environmentalists. -- Publishers Weekly
Fascinating and enjoyable reading. Merchant provides a richly documented analysis of the shifting rationales for dominating, degrading and reinventing the natural world. -- Devra Davis, author of When Smoke Ran Like Water: Tales of Environmental Deception and the Battle Against Pollution
In an age dominated by violence, conflict, disharmony, and terror, Reinventing Eden offers an alternative to 'either you're with us or you're our enemy' logic and could help create harmony out of disharmony, a peaceful order out of violent chaos. A timely book for our troubled times and troubled thinking. -- Vandana Shiva, author of Water Wars: Privatization, Pollution, and Profit
Intelligent, passionate, clearly written (and thus excellent for teaching) and challenging, they make powerful contributions to understanding both The Mess We're In and the ways in which we've thought about that mess. Carolyn Merchant is one of the world's most important environmental thinkers...This is a visionary book of intellectual history and ethics. -- Roger S. Gottlieb, Worcester Polytechnic Institute
Merchant leads the reader away from the linear desert of the Enlightenment into the lush narrative complexity of an ecological Promised Land, where chaos theory ensures that humans will be partners with Nature. -- Technology and Culture
Carolyn Merchant has made another important contribution to our understanding of Western civilization and American culture...an amply researched, well written, closely reasoned study that belongs on the shelf of every Americanist
. -- Paul W. Rea, St. Mary's College of California, SLE
It remains a very useful introduction to this interdisciplinary, critical practice that encourages visual literacy. -- Angela Dietz, Saint Louis University

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