Ecology and the Environment: Perspectives from the Humanities

Ecology and the Environment: Perspectives from the Humanities

Paperback Religions of the World and Ecology

Edited by Donald K. Swearer

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  • Publisher: Harvard University, Center for the Study of World Religions
  • Format: Paperback | 126 pages
  • Dimensions: 140mm x 213mm x 10mm | 204g
  • Publication date: 31 March 2009
  • Publication City/Country: Cambridge, Mass
  • ISBN 10: 0945454430
  • ISBN 13: 9780945454434
  • Illustrations note: 1 line illustration
  • Sales rank: 799,059

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The scientific, political, and economic policy debates about the global environmental crisis have tended to ignore its historical, ethical, religious, and aesthetic dimensions. This book redresses that omission by highlighting these humanistic components that are integral to the fabric of our ecological understanding and, consequentially, essential to a broad, multidisciplinary approach to environmental studies and public policy initiatives. In this slim volume, seven world-class scholars discuss the wide range of perspectives that the fields of literature, history, religion, philosophy, environmental ethics, and anthropology bring to the natural environment and our place in it. The preface summarizes the development of the religion and ecology movement; the editor's critical introduction highlights the essays' major themes. Bringing insights from the humanities to bear on ecological concerns, this volume will appeal to a wide audience in the humanities and environmental studies, policy makers, and the general public. The book represents a continuation of the Center for the Study of World Religions' highly regarded "Religions of the World and Ecology" series.

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Donald K. Swearer is Distinguished Visiting Professor of Buddhist Studies and Director of the Center for the Study of World Religions at Harvard Divinity School.