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Synopsis: Philosopher and essayist Paul Shepard (1925 1996) brought to the environmental literature of the 1960s and ’70s the political passion of the time, but a passion matched with a demand for scholarly precision. This anthology from his work, which Shepard himself assembled not long before his death, addresses themes touched on in many of his books. Many of these themes deal in one way or another with the disastrous consequences of humankind’s increasing detachment from the natural world as a by-product of the ecological insolence of the last century.”
In Shepard’s view, the natural world and particularly the world of animals is the source of human intelligence and the wellspring of the imagination. He examines, for instance, the antiquity of the human eye, an organ essential to the cognitive revolution that distinguishes us from other primates; the origins of language and literature in the imitation of birdsong; and the lessons animals of many species can teach us about ourselves. Shepard delves into environmental psychology, anatomy, history, linguistics, and a host of other topics to make his strikingly original arguments, which have helped shape modern environmental thinking and influenced the writings of such successors as Barry Lopez and Terry Tempest Williams.
From the Back Cover: "A superb introduction and summation of the work of Paul Shepard, an exceptionally clear thinker who is also a lucid and exhilarating writer.... His work is valuable but very urgent, shining in the sun like the tip of the vast iceberg of knowledge and reflection that supports it."
Peter Matthiessen, Author of The Snow Leopard
"Much of what we value in contemporary thought about 'nature and culture' grew up in the seedbed of Paul Shepard's thinking. His Writing about child development, physical and cultural anthropology animal behavior, art and mythology, the history of agriculture and other subjects is endlessly stimulating."
Barry Lopez, Author of Arctic Dreams
"The Only World We've Got brings us back into the sanctity of Paul Shepard's texts, where we can once again take a deep breath and remember that life is holy and a wildness of spirit is not only something to be retrieved and honored but the very essence of our humanity."
Terry Tempest Williams, Author of Refuge
Title: The Only World Weve Got: A Paul Shepard ...
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