The Death of Nature

Women, Ecology, and the Scientific Revolution

Author: Carolyn Merchant

Publisher: Harper Collins

ISBN: 0062505955

Category: Religion

Page: 384

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An examination of the Scientific Revolution that shows how the mechanistic world view of modern science has sanctioned the exploitation of nature, unrestrained commercial expansion, and a new socioeconomic order that subordinates women.
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Reinventing Eden

The Fate of Nature in Western Culture

Author: Carolyn Merchant

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1136161244

Category: Nature

Page: 304

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This revised edition of Carolyn Merchant’s classic Reinventing Eden has been updated with a new foreword and afterword. Visionary quests to return to the Garden of Eden have shaped Western Culture. This book traces the idea of rebuilding the primeval garden from its origins to its latest incarnations and offers a bold new way to think about the earth.
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Ecological Revolutions

Nature, Gender, and Science in New England

Author: Carolyn Merchant

Publisher: Univ of North Carolina Press

ISBN: 080787180X

Category: Science

Page: 394

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With the arrival of European explorers and settlers during the seventeenth century, Native American ways of life and the environment itself underwent radical alterations as human relationships to the land and ways of thinking about nature all changed. Thi
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Autonomous Nature

Problems of Prediction and Control From Ancient Times to the Scientific Revolution

Author: Carolyn Merchant

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1317395875

Category: Social Science

Page: 196

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Autonomous Nature investigates the history of nature as an active, often unruly force in tension with nature as a rational, logical order from ancient times to the Scientific Revolution of the seventeenth century. Along with subsequent advances in mechanics, hydrodynamics, thermodynamics, and electromagnetism, nature came to be perceived as an orderly, rational, physical world that could be engineered, controlled, and managed. Autonomous Nature focuses on the history of unpredictability, why it was a problem for the ancient world through the Scientific Revolution, and why it is a problem for today. The work is set in the context of vignettes about unpredictable events such as the eruption of Mt. Vesuvius, the Bubonic Plague, the Lisbon Earthquake, and efforts to understand and predict the weather and natural disasters. This book is an ideal text for courses on the environment, environmental history, history of science, or the philosophy of science.
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After the Death of Nature

Carolyn Merchant and the Future of Human-Nature Relations

Author: Kenneth Worthy,Whitney Bauman

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9781138297319

Category: Human ecology

Page: 312

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Carolyn Merchant¿s foundational 1980 book The Death of Nature: Women, Ecology, and the Scientific Revolution established her as a pioneering researcher of human-nature relations. Her subsequent groundbreaking writing in a dozen books and over one hundred peer-reviewed articles have only fortified her position as one of the most influential scholars of the environment. This book examines and builds upon her decades-long legacy of innovative environmental thought and her critical responses to modern mechanistic and patriarchal conceptions of nature and women as well as her systematic taxonomies of environmental thought and action. Seventeen scholars and activists assess, praise, criticize, and extend Merchant¿s work to arrive at a better and more complete understanding of the human place in nature today and the potential for healthier and more just relations with nature and among people in the future. Their contributions offer personal observations of Merchant¿s influence on the teaching, research, and careers of other environmentalists.
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Earthcare

Women and the Environment

Author: Carolyn Merchant

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1136653228

Category: Political Science

Page: 304

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Written by one of the leading thinkers in environmentalism, Earthcare brings together Merchant's existing work on the topic of women and the environment as well as updated and new essays. Earthcare looks at age-old historical associations of women with nature, beginning with Eve and continuing through to environmental activists of today, women's commitment to environmental conservation, and the problematic assumptions of women as caregivers and men as dominating nature.
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Radical Ecology

The Search for a Livable World

Author: Carolyn Merchant

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1136190147

Category: Political Science

Page: 302

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This is a new edition of the classic examination of major philosophical, ethical, scientific and economic roots of environmental problems which examines the ways that radical ecologists can transform science and society in order to sustain life on this planet. It features a new Introduction from the author, a thorough updating of chapters, and two entirely new chapters on recent Global Movements and Globalization and the Environment.
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Science and the Secrets of Nature

Books of Secrets in Medieval and Early Modern Culture

Author: William Eamon

Publisher: Princeton University Press

ISBN: 9780691026022

Category: History

Page: 490

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By explaining how to sire multicolored horses, produce nuts without shells, and create an egg the size of a human head, Giambattista Della Porta's Natural Magic (1559) conveys a fascination with tricks and illusions that makes it a work difficult for historians of science to take seriously. Yet, according to William Eamon, it is in the "how-to" books written by medieval alchemists, magicians, and artisans that modern science has its roots. These compilations of recipes on everything from parlor tricks through medical remedies to wool-dyeing fascinated medieval intellectuals because they promised access to esoteric "secrets of nature." In closely examining this rich but little-known source of literature, Eamon reveals that printing technology and popular culture had as great, if not stronger, an impact on early modern science as did the traditional academic disciplines.
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The Renaissance Notion of Woman

A Study in the Fortunes of Scholasticism and Medical Science in European Intellectual Life

Author: Ian Maclean

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 9780521274364

Category: History

Page: 119

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This monograph, dealing with the intellectual notions held during the Renaissance of what "woman" is, surveys the ideas of the nature of woman, sex difference and sex discrimination, and the emergence of a feminist movement in the first half of the 17th century.
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Radical Ecology

The Search for a Livable World

Author: Carolyn Merchant

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9781591025788

Category: Ecology

Page: 283

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Woman and Nature

The Roaring Inside Her

Author: Susan Griffin

Publisher: Catapult

ISBN: 1619028751

Category: Social Science

Page: 300

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“My favorite—in my opinion the best—feminist book of the past twenty-five years. The prose is stunning: this is a book to be read aloud with friends.” —Carol P. Christ, coauthor of Goddess and God in the World In this famously provocative cornerstone of feminist literature, Susan Griffin explores the identification of women with the earth both as sustenance for humanity and as victim of male rage. Starting from Plato’s fateful division of the world into spirit and matter, her analysis of how patriarchal Western philosophy and religion have used language and science to bolster their power over both women and nature is brilliant and persuasive, coming alive in poetic prose. Griffin draws on an astonishing range of sources—from timbering manuals to medical texts to Scripture and classical literature—in showing how destructive has been the impulse to disembody the human soul, and how the long separated might once more be rejoined. Poet Adrienne Rich calls Woman and Nature “perhaps the most extraordinary nonfiction work to have merged from the matrix of contemporary female consciousness—a fusion of patriarchal science, ecology, female history and feminism, written by a poet who has created a new form for her vision . . . The book has the impact of a great film or a fresco; yet it is intimately personal, touching to the quick of woman’s experience.” “My journey through the strange and familiar worlds of Woman and Nature has been strengthening and enspiriting. It is a book which I will read and re-read, assign to classes, give to friends. It is a work of great and daring vision.” —Mary Daly, author of Gyn/Ecology
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Race and Nature from Transcendentalism to the Harlem Renaissance

Author: P. Outka

Publisher: Springer

ISBN: 0230614493

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 266

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Drawing on theories of sublimity, trauma, and ecocriticism, this book examines how the often sharp division between European American and African American experiences of the natural world developed in American culture and history, and how those natural experiences, in turn, shaped the construction of race.
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American Environmental History

An Introduction

Author: Carolyn Merchant

Publisher: Columbia University Press

ISBN: 0231140355

Category: Political Science

Page: 480

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By studying the many ways diverse peoples have changed, shaped, and conserved the natural world over time, environmental historians provide insight into humanity's unique relationship with nature and, more importantly, are better able to understand the origins of our current environmental crisis. Beginning with the precolonial land-use practice of Native Americans and concluding with our twenty-first century concerns over our global ecological crisis, American Environmental History addresses contentious issues such as the preservation of the wilderness, the expulsion of native peoples from national parks, and population growth, and considers the formative forces of gender, race, and class. Entries address a range of topics, from the impact of rice cultivation, slavery, and the growth of the automobile suburb to the effects of the Russian sea otter trade, Columbia River salmon fisheries, the environmental justice movement, and globalization. This illustrated reference is an essential companion for students interested in the ongoing transformation of the American landscape and the conflicts over its resources and conservation. It makes rich use of the tools and resources (climatic and geological data, court records, archaeological digs, and the writings of naturalists) that environmental historians rely on to conduct their research. The volume also includes a compendium of significant people, concepts, events, agencies, and legislation, and an extensive bibliography of critical films, books, and Web sites.
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Ecofeminist Natures

Race, Gender, Feminist Theory and Political Action

Author: Noel Sturgeon

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1317959019

Category: Social Science

Page: 272

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Examining the development of ecofeminism from the 1980s antimilitarist movement to an internationalist ecofeminism in the 1990s, Sturgeon explores the ecofeminist notions of gender, race, and nature. She moves from detailed historical investigations of important manifestations of US ecofeminism to a broad analysis of international environmental politics.
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Ecofeminism

Author: Vandana Shiva,Maria Mies

Publisher: Zed Books Ltd.

ISBN: 1780329792

Category: Social Science

Page: 360

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This groundbreaking work remains as relevant today as when it was when first published. Two of Zed's best-known authors argue that ecological destruction and industrial catastrophes constitute a direct threat to everyday life, the maintenance of which has been made the particular responsibility of women. In both industrialized societies and the developing countries, the new wars the world is experiencing, violent ethnic chauvinisms and the malfunctioning of the economy also pose urgent questions for ecofeminists. Is there a relationship between patriarchal oppression and the destruction of nature in the name of profit and progress? How can women counter the violence inherent in these processes? Should they look to a link between the women's movement and other social movements? Maria Mies and Vandana Shiva offer a thought-provoking analysis of these and many other issues from a unique North-South perspective. They critique prevailing economic theories, conventional concepts of women's emancipation, the myth of 'catching up' development, the philosophical foundations of modern science and technology, and the omission of ethics when discussing so many questions, including advances in reproductive technology and biotechnology. In constructing their own ecofeminist epistemology and methodology, these two internationally respected feminist environmental activists look to the potential of movements advocating consumer liberation and subsistence production, sustainability and regeneration, and they argue for an acceptance of limits and reciprocity and a rejection of exploitation, the endless commoditization of needs, and violence.
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Earth & spirit

the spiritual dimension of the environmental crisis

Author: Fritz Hull

Publisher: Burns & Oates

ISBN: 9780826405753

Category: Nature

Page: 224

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Earth Democracy

Justice, Sustainability and Peace

Author: Vandana Shiva

Publisher: Zed Books Ltd.

ISBN: 1783607769

Category: Philosophy

Page: 240

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'One of the world's most prominent radical scientists.' The Guardian This book remains one of Vandana Shiva's key works, in which she addresses some of the most pressing issues of our age – the privatization of our natural resources, the looming environmental crisis, and the rising tide of fundamentalism and violence against women. In spite of all this, Shiva still sees cause for hope. Across the globe, a new wave of protest movements are championing alternatives based on inclusion, nonviolence, the free sharing of resources and the reclamation of the commons. Shiva argues that these ideals can serve as the basis for “earth democracy”, and for a more just and sustainable future. This edition features a new preface by the author, in which she outlines recent developments in ecology and environmentalism, and offers new prescriptions for the environmental movement.
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Silent Spring

Author: Rachel Carson

Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

ISBN: 9780618249060

Category: Nature

Page: 378

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Discusses the reckless annihilation of fish and birds by the use of pesticides and warns of the possible genetic effects on humans.
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Staying Alive

Women, Ecology, and Development

Author: Vandana Shiva

Publisher: North Atlantic Books

ISBN: 1623170516

Category: Environmental policy

Page: 228

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"Presents a clear case for why our current development paradigm is more accurately characterized as what Vandana Shiva calls 'maldevelopment'--the violation of the integrity of organic, interconnected and interdependent systems that sets in motion a process of exploitation, inequality, violence, and injustice that is dragging the world down a path of self-destruction, threatening survival itself"--
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The Scientific Revolution

Author: Lisa T. Sarasohn,Lisa Sarasohn

Publisher: Houghton Mifflin College Division

ISBN: 9780618052431

Category: Education

Page: 220

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New to the Problems in European Civilization series, this volume offers secondary-source documents that debate such topics as Was There a Scientific Revolution? and Did Women Have a Scientific Revolution? through works by European Intellectual historians. The text is suitable for courses in European Intellectual history, as well as courses focused exclusively on the Scientific Revolution and the history of science. Pedagogical tools include chapter introductions, timelines, illustrations, maps, and suggested readings.
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