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Riding the wind : a new philosophy for a new era
Marshall, Peter H., 1946-
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London ; New York : Cassell, 1998.
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x, 262 pages ; 23 cm
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B1647.M1883 R53 1998 Adult Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks

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In this text, Peter Marshall develops a philosophy for the millennium which he calls liberation ecology. Liberation ecology is holistic in viewing the world as a harmonious whole and all beings and things as interwoven threads in nature's web. It recognizes intuition as the main source of knowledge and the imagination as the organ of morality. It is ecological in seeing human beings as fellow voyagers with other species in the odyssey of evolution. It is libertarian in seeking to release humanity, society and nature from their existing burdens so that they can unfurl and realize together their full potential. history of the world. It combines ancient wisdom and modern insights, reason and feeling, science and poetry, myth and the marvellous. It aims to offer a guide for the future on how to live in the most fulfilling way and how to create a genuinely free and sustainable society in harmony with nature.

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Publisher's Weekly Review

In an attempt to ameliorate what he perceives to be the worst aspects of modern Western culture (rampant materialism, unbridled consumerism and the abuse of nature), Marshall (Nature's Web) offers a philosophic antidote to these ills that reaches into the Taoist wisdom of the ancient East. Marshall perceives a spiritual contamination that has arisen from the mechanistic interpretation of reality characteristic of Western thought for at least 300 years. His proposed alternative, which he calls "liberation ecology," is a worldview that recognizes the structural balance of all things and seeks to reconcile human beings with the natural order. By repositioning itself in the balance of nature, with reverence for all life, humanity can overcome its current malaise and actually achieve joy. While Marshall's diagnosis is far from unique and may be seen as a touch naïve by those trained in academic philosophy, his remedy is thoughtful and well developed. Lyrical anecdotes from the Chinese sages provide readers with a satisfying, coherent vision of reality that ranges into antiquity for authority. Marshall also draws on psychology, history and Native American sources in this interdisciplinary effort to persuade the open-minded that nature is a source of balance and harmony and that, rather than seek to control nature, we should strive to find our place in its concord. (Jan.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

Library Journal Review

Marshall, a travel writer and biographer of Blake and the anarchist William Godwin, claims to develop a new philosophy: "liberation ecology." He wants to combine a sense of responsibility to the universe, which he thinks "has a soul or spirit" and is "a living being evolving in a beneficent way," with a libertarian return to a stateless world. He thinks that instead of states we can rely on a natural order that still exists (for instance among the San of the Kalahari). For his belief in the soul of the universe he cites (unspecified) experiences in West African forests, East African mountains, and Indian Ocean islands. The professional philosophies of "the nit-picking of pedants" do not rate highly with him, though he does not disavow reason. Alas, he does not tell us how the anarchism of Kalahari tribesmen can resolve the clash between growing demands for more freedom and the pressing need for more orderly lives and global order in an increasingly complex and precarious world. This book will appeal to "deep greens" with little taste for logical analysis.‘Leslie Armour, Univ. of Ottawa (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.