The World in Which We Occur: John Dewey, Pragmatist Ecology, and American Ecological Writing in the Twentieth Century (Hardback)
  • The World in Which We Occur: John Dewey, Pragmatist Ecology, and American Ecological Writing in the Twentieth Century (Hardback)
zoom

The World in Which We Occur: John Dewey, Pragmatist Ecology, and American Ecological Writing in the Twentieth Century (Hardback)

(author)
£31.50
Hardback 256 Pages / Published: 30/10/2007
  • We can order this from the publisher

Usually dispatched within 15 working days

  • This item has been added to your basket
American philosopher John Dewey considered all human endeavors to be continuous with the natural world. In his writings, particularly Art as Experience (1934), Dewey insists on the primacy of the environment in aesthetic experience. Dewey's conception of environment includes both the natural and the man-made. Neil Browne highlights this notion in order to define what he terms ""pragmatist ecology,"" a practice rooted in the interface of the cultural and the natural, which he finds to be a significant feature of some of the most important ecological writing of the last century. To fully understand human involvement in the natural world, Browne argues, disciplinary boundaries must be opened up. This is primarily important between the arts and science, with profound implications for the practice of democracy. The degradation of the physical environment and democratic decay, for Browne, are rooted in the same problem: our persistent belief that humans are somehow separate from their physical environment. Browne probes the work of a number of major American writers through the lens of Dewey's philosophy. Among other texts, he examines John Muir's ""My First Summer in the Sierra"" (1911); ""Sea of Cortez"" (1941) by John Steinbeck and Edward Ricketts; Rachel Carson's three books about the sea, ""Under the Sea Wind"" (1941), ""The Sea Around Us"" (1951), and ""The Edge of the Sea"" (1955); John Haines' ""The Stars, the Snow, the Fire"" (1989); Barry Lopez's ""Arctic Dreams"" (1986); and Terry Tempest Williams' ""Refuge"" (1991). Together, these texts - with their combinations of scientific observation and personal meditation - challenge the dichotomies to which we've become accustomed and affirm the values of a pragmatist ecology, one in which ecological and democratic values go hand in hand.

Publisher: The University of Alabama Press
ISBN: 9780817315818
Number of pages: 256
Weight: 562 g
Dimensions: 229 x 152 x 22 mm

You may also be interested in...

The Picture of Dorian Gray
Added to basket
A Tale of Two Cities
Added to basket
The Histories
Added to basket
£10.99
Paperback
If Not, Winter: Fragments Of Sappho
Added to basket
David Copperfield
Added to basket
On Writing
Added to basket
£10.99
Paperback
Essays
Added to basket
£14.99
Paperback
Little Women
Added to basket
£7.99
Paperback
The Mighty Dead
Added to basket
£9.99
Paperback
A Moveable Feast
Added to basket
£8.99   £7.99
Paperback
Great Expectations
Added to basket
The Three Theban Plays
Added to basket
Collected Poems
Added to basket
£18.99
Paperback
The Iliad
Added to basket
£8.99
Paperback
Under the Greenwood Tree
Added to basket
The Odyssey
Added to basket
£14.99
Paperback

Please sign in to write a review

Your review has been submitted successfully.