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Nature and Society in Historical Context

Nature and Society in Historical Context

Ernest Gellner, Jan Janko, Lenos Mavrommatis, Chris Philo, Gerhard Jaritz, Verena Winiwarter, Peter Burke, Simon Schaffer, Richard Grove, Lars Herlitz, Roy Porter, Dietrich von Engelhardt, Nina Witoszek, Joachim Radkau, Mart A. Stewart, Gerhard Strohmeier, Adam Kuper, Paul Farber, Mikulas Teich, Bengt-Erik Borgström, Bo Gustafsson, Kurt Bayerz
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  • Date Published: February 1997
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521498814

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  • In general terms, one way of describing the world we live in is to say that it is made up of nature and society, and that human beings belong to both. This was the first volume to be published which addresses the historical contexts of the relations between these two characteristics of human nature. A distinguished international team aims to contribute - through selective, interdisciplinary studies - to a much-needed but currently scant debate over the reciprocal links between conceptions of nature and conceptions of society from the ancient Greek kosmos to late twentieth-century 'ecology'. Individual essays and the general conclusions of the volume are important not only for our understanding of the evolution of knowledge of nature and of society, but also for an awareness of the types of truth and perception produced in the process.

    • One of the most substantial, innovative and interdisciplinary collections to appear in the sequence edited by Teich and Porter
    • Fields a very distinguished team of authors, including many internationally-recognised 'stars'
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    • Date Published: February 1997
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521498814
    • length: 422 pages
    • dimensions: 229 x 152 x 24 mm
    • weight: 0.62kg
    • contains: 7 b/w illus.
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    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 Gerhard 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 Borgström
    20. Nature and economy Bo Gustafsson
    21. The nature of morality and the morality of nature: problems of normative natural philosophy Kurt Bayerz.

  • Editors

    Mikulas Teich, University of Cambridge

    Roy Porter, Wellcome Institute for the History of Medicine, London

    Bo Gustafsson, Uppsala universitet, Sweden

    Contributors

    Ernest Gellner, Jan Janko, Lenos Mavrommatis, Chris Philo, Gerhard Jaritz, Verena Winiwarter, Peter Burke, Simon Schaffer, Richard Grove, Lars Herlitz, Roy Porter, Dietrich von Engelhardt, Nina Witoszek, Joachim Radkau, Mart A. Stewart, Gerhard Strohmeier, Adam Kuper, Paul Farber, Mikulas Teich, Bengt-Erik Borgström, Bo Gustafsson, Kurt Bayerz

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