A Field Philosopher's Guide to Fracking: How One Texas Town Stood Up to Big Oil and Gas 1st Edition

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ISBN-10: 1631490079
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“Ambitious…. Briggle excels in the abstract. His ability to apply philosophic treatises from Socrates to Hobbes to Kant to the dilemma of the oil and gas boom sweeping this country is admirable…. [He] is lucid in describing a system that by anyone’s analysis favors the rights of those who own the oil and gas beneath the ground over those who live atop it.”
- James Osborne, Dallas Morning News

“Out of the university and into the streets, Briggle brings the practice of 'field philosophy' to the question of whether fracking is feckless or feasible…It is a fraught story, but Briggle tells it warmly and cogently, exploring both the interpersonal relationships involved and some of the geological science behind fracking.”
- Kirkus Reviews, Starred Review

“In this blunt yet hopeful chronology, Briggle confers with scientists, engineers, policy makers, and fellow citizens to gain a broad overview of fracking…. Briggle’s philosophical framing of the conversation sets his work apart and helps provide further insight on this divisive topic.”
- Publishers Weekly

“This rousing account of a great people's victory is also the occasion for some real reflection about the mad push forward now degrading the planet in deep and desperate ways.”
- Bill McKibben, author of Deep Economy

“As extreme energy extraction moves next to backyards and playgrounds, where do we draw the line between reasonable risk and recklessness? You owe it to your children and your grandchildren to read this book.”
- Helen Slottje, architect of the New York state fracking ban and winner of the Goldman Environmental Prize

“Briggle offers a compelling look at the environmental issues and a broader look at citizen engagement in ethics and social policy.”
- Vanessa Bush, Booklist

“Through the story of Denton and his theory of innovation, Briggle shows us how the Texas government is a subsidiary of oil and gas corporate interests, not a government 'of, by, or for the people.'”
- Lon Burnham, former representative for Texas House District 90

“Briggle beautifully captures how the mad rush to drill and frack this country has led to one of the fastest-growing grassroots movements in American history. When we finally ban fracking across the world, it will be because strong communities like Denton, Texas, showed us the way.”
- Josh Fox, director of Gasland and Gasland 2

About the Author

Adam Briggle teaches philosophy at the University of North Texas in Denton, where he also serves on a citizens' advisory group. He contributes to Slate, Salon, Truthout, and other publications. His work and the Denton story have been featured in the New York Times, the Los Angeles Times, BBC, NPR, Washington Post, and Newsweek.

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  • Item Weight : 1.2 pounds
  • Hardcover : 352 pages
  • ISBN-10 : 1631490079
  • ISBN-13 : 978-1631490071
  • Product Dimensions : 6.5 x 1.2 x 9.6 inches
  • Publisher : Liveright; 1st Edition (October 19, 2015)
  • Language: : English
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