- Paperback: 1248 pages
- Publisher: Counterpoint (March 19, 1999)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 9781582430096
- ISBN-13: 978-1582430096
- ASIN: 1582430098
- Product Dimensions: 6.2 x 2.2 x 9.2 inches
- Shipping Weight: 3.8 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 2 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #882,720 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Encompassing Nature: Nature and Culture from Ancient Times to the Modern World Paperback – March 19, 1999
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About the Author
Robert M. Torrance is a widely published scholar, classicist, and translator. His books include The Spiritual Quest, Ideal and Spleen, The Comic Hero, and translations of Sophocles' The Women of Trachis and Philoctetes. He teaches comparative literature at the University of California, Davis, where he is a founding member of the Nature and Culture Program.
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If a culture is not represented here it may not fit into the point or theme of this book. This book is an attempt at collecting the ideas that emerged from human culture that led to the understanding of how nature actually behaves naturally and not super naturally. The truth in how nature works.
If you are interested in learning how human beings first discovered the truth about nature this is a book you will love. The main theme is a discovery through out human history of how people became aware that the world around them was happening naturally and not super naturally.
From the beginning of time people have had to "create" answers to the questions that they could not answer at that point in human history.
This book contains excerpts from hundreds of different sources that can be further explored once you read that portion contained in this book. Each thinker represented in this book broke away from the establishment of their time period to try to find the truth in Nature.
For example. People use to think that the Sun went around the Earth. This book contains passages from thinkers who observed nature and concluded that the truth in nature was different from the established and accepted teachings.
This book is a collection of passages from hundreds of sources. With this book the reader can use the insight from a single passage to spark interest in the writer of that passage and further explore by obtaining that original work for themselves.
For example passages from Leonardo Da Vinci may cause the reader to want to learn more about his writings.
The book is a timeline in history showing how humans became more aware of how nature truly works. It also shows how during human history there is an evolution of thought as new observations are made. The reader will gain a better understanding of the direction nature and culture is heading today by learning how connections were made in the past.
It omits that which Raymond Williams called "a working landscape" -- the most intimate human relationship to nature which is people who live and work on it.
And, most astonishing of all, it omits African and Latin American thought and writings.
This is an utterly "raced" and "classed" book that reveals the flawed foundations of the modern environmental movement's conception of nature.
Highly recommend "The Colors of Nature" anthology and "The Soul of Environmentalism" as a corrective.