Nature: Western Attitudes Since Ancient Times

Nature Western Attitudes Since Ancient Times In an advertisement for water filter cartridges we see a tumbling waterfall The caption reads Like nature Brita is beautifully simple What kind of thinking is this Is nature an objective reality th

  • Title: Nature: Western Attitudes Since Ancient Times
  • Author: Peter Coates
  • ISBN: 9780520217430
  • Page: 499
  • Format: Hardcover
  • In an advertisement for water filter cartridges, we see a tumbling waterfall The caption reads, Like nature, Brita is beautifully simple What kind of thinking is this Is nature an objective reality that, in its beautiful simplicity, is unaffected by time, culture, and place The word nature itself what do we actually mean by it These are some of the riveting questioIn an advertisement for water filter cartridges, we see a tumbling waterfall The caption reads, Like nature, Brita is beautifully simple What kind of thinking is this Is nature an objective reality that, in its beautiful simplicity, is unaffected by time, culture, and place The word nature itself what do we actually mean by it These are some of the riveting questions examined by Peter Coates as he demonstrates that nature, like us, has a history of its own Beginning with Roman times, Coates investigates the ideological and material factors that have influenced human perceptions of, attitudes toward, and uses of nature notably religion and ethics, science, technology, economics, gender, and ethnicity Nature is seen among its rich panoply of meanings as a physical place, as the collective phenomena of the world, as an essence or principle that informs the workings of the world, as an inspiration and guide for people and a source of authority governing human affairs, and as the conceptual opposite of culture By examining these aspects of nature, Coates leads us on a spectacular tour of the central intellectual forces of Western civilization The book is essential reading for those who seek an understanding of the history of ideas and the role of nature in that history.

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    1. I remember mostly that this book posed an interesting challenge to the notion that things are getting worse all the time or that reckless environmental damage is a relatively new phenomenon for humanity. It seems we'll ALWAYS been about destruction in our quest for development/civilization. I remember notably a quote from Roman times (I hope that was this book, it's been 8 years) in which the author talking of the forests being stripped from the hills of Rome and complained all would be gone in [...]

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