- Paperback: 384 pages
- Publisher: HarperOne; Reprint edition (January 10, 1990)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0062505955
- ISBN-13: 978-0062505958
- Product Dimensions: 5.3 x 0.9 x 8 inches
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- Average Customer Review: 9 customer reviews
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The Death of Nature: Women, Ecology, and the Scientific Revolution Reprint Edition
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"Brilliantly conceived and richly researched."-- Susan Griffin"Offers a deeply perceptive discussion of the perennial debate between the organic and the mechanistic view of Nature and Life."-- Walter Pagel"A complex and rewarding work. . . Through unearthing the historical roots of our current crisis, Merchant has. . . deepened and enriched our understanding of both our past and present."-- "Environmental Ethics""[Merchant] continually forges strong links between the events of centuries long past ant the dilemmas faced by 20th-century industrialized societies."-- "Environmental Review""A work of prodigious scholarship. . .A crucial first step toward illuminating the complexities of the woman/nature relationship as it informs the dominant mechanistic paradigm of the modern age."-- "Women's Studies International Quarterly"
About the Author
Carolyn Merchant, Ph.D., is professor of environmental history, philosophy, and ethics in the Department of Conservation and Resource Studies at the University of California, Berkeley.
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And how we need to change from a male dominated imperialistic view to female grassroots
And nurturing in order to survive on this planet.
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Nature thus undergoes a profound change from the traditional conception of nurturing mother to one of dead machine, that is, from an object of affection to an object of subjugation and exploitation. Correspondingly, the traditionally moral way of looking at our natural surroundings changes to a non-moral, strictly neutral, it-is-there-to-be-used point of view. Moreover, these new aggressive attitudes are associated with how men should act, are supposed to act; while women,on the other hand, are thought of (like nature) as passive, there-to-be-used objects of exploitation. Such thinking thus enables industry and technology to historically combine in an ongoing assault upon the environment, on one hand, and women, on the other. What is needed, of course, is a new way of thinking that will end these horrific abuses - What has changed, can be changed. Unfortunately, Merchant treats this fascinating subject in a lifeless manner. She walks through the historical precedents in dry, uninspired, and thoroughly descriptive fashion, leaving the impression of an embroidered postgraduate dissertation. Her thesis cries out for greater color, synthesis and argumentation. As a student of the humanist philosopher Theodore Roszak, she could use more of his chutzpah.
The best part of this book was the Preface & Introduction. After that, it went downhill and so did my interest. Had to fight to stay awake from sentence to sentence.