A pioneering exploration of the roots of our attitudes toward
nature, Paul Shepard's most seminal work is as challenging and
provocative today as when it first appeared in 1967. Man in the
Landscape was among the first books of a new genre that has
elucidated the ideas, beliefs, and images that lie behind our
modern destruction and conservation of the natural world.
Departing from the traditional study of land use as a history of
technology, this book explores the emergence of modern attitudes in
literature, art, and architecture--their evolutionary past and
their taproot in European and Mediterranean cultures. With humor
and wit, Shepard considers the influence of Christianity on ideas
of nature, the absence of an ethic of nature in modern philosophy,
and the obsessive themes of dominance and control as elements of
the modern mind. In his discussions of the exploration of the
American West, the establishment of the first national parks, and
the reactions of pioneers to their totally new habitat, he
identifies the transport of traditional imagery into new places as
a sort of cultural baggage.
Subjects: Ecology & Evolutionary Biology, Philosophy, Population Studies
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