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Title:
Earth rising : ecological belief in an age of science
Author:
Oates, David, 1950-
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Publication Information:
Corvallis, Or. : Oregon State University Press, [1989]

©1989
Physical Description:
255 pages ; 23 cm
Language:
English
ISBN:
9780870713576
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Book

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An exploration of the ways in which the science of ecology has provided a basis for a contemporary worldview that combines an intuitive sense of wholeness with the validation of scientific truth.


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Oates's key message is that an emerging "ecological worldview" is changing the way Western cultures view the human species and nature. Contrasted with established US values of individualism, technological progress, and unrestricted competition, this ecological worldview offers a new perception based on human and natural interdependence, on the need for a stable society, and on the moral imperative of communal cooperation. The author argues that this worldview is more pervasive than commonly realized, and that human relations, ethics/morality, social questions, aesthetics, philosophy, and theology are all being gradually reformed in ecological terms. Oates begins with introductory-level concepts of ecology and a brief history of the rise of ecological thinking. He then looks in detail at elements of the ecological worldview such as holism, stability, diversity, cooperation, cybernetics, and ecological ethics. Should be useful to readers interested in the evolution and significance of ecological thought and environmentalism in the modern world. S. Hollenhorst West Virginia University