The Wonder of Water

The Wonder of Water : Lived Experience, Policy, and Practice

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Facing droughts, floods, and water security challenges, society is increasingly forced to develop new policies and practices to cope with the impacts of climate change. From taken-for-granted values and perceptions to embodied, existential modes of engaging our world, human perspectives impact decision-making and behavior.

The Wonder of Water explores how human experience - from embodied cultural paradigms to value systems and personal biases - impact decisions around water. In many ways, the volume expands on the growing field of water ethics to include questions around environmental aesthetics, psychology, and ontology. And yet this book is not simply for philosophers. On the contrary, a specific aim is to explore how more informed philosophical dialogue will lead to more insightful public policies and practices.

Case studies describe specific architectural and planning decisions, fisheries policies, urban ecological restorations and more. The overarching phenomenological perspective, however, means that these discussions emerge within a sensibility toward the foundational significance of human embodiment, culture, language, worldviews, and, ultimately, moral attunement to place.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 256 pages
  • 152 x 229 x 25mm
  • Toronto, Canada
  • English
  • 5 figures
  • 148752403X
  • 9781487524036

Table of contents

Introduction (Ingrid Leman Stefanovic)

The Lived Experience of Water
1. Rain Queen, (Kirby Mania, University of British Columbia)
2. Water Gaia: Toward a Scientific Phenomenology of Water (Stephan Harding, Schumacher College)
3. Flow Motion and Kinethical Responsiveness (Stephen Smith, Simon Fraser University)
4. Creaturely Migrations on a Breathing Planet (David Abram, Author and Cultural Ecologist)
5. When Salmon Are Deemed Superfluous: Reflecting on a Struggle of Stories (Martin Lee Mueller, Rudolf Steiner University College, Oslo)

Water and Place
6. The Place of Water (Janet Donohoe, University of West Georgia)
7. Engaging the Water Monster of Amsterdam: Meandering Toward a Fair Urban Riversphere (Irene Klaver, University of North Texas)
8. Water and the City: Toward and Ethos of Fluid Urbanism (Ingrid Leman Stefanovic, Simon Fraser University)
9. What We're Talking About When We're Talking About Water: Race, Imperial Politics, and Ruination in Flint, Michigan (Sarah King, Grand Rapids University, Michigan)

Rethinking Water Policy, Practice and Ethics
10. The Bonding Properties of Water: Community, Urban River Restoration, and Non-Human Agency (Bryan Bannon, Merrimack College)
11. Standing Rock: Water Protectors in a Time of Failed Policy (Trish Glazebrook, Washington State University and Jeff Gessas, University of North Texas)
12. Phenomenology, Water Policy, and the Conception of the Polis (Henry Dicks, Universite Jean Moulin, Lyon, France)
13. Toward a Complexity Ethics: Understanding and Action on Behalf of Lifeworld Well-Being (Robert Mugerauer, University of Washington)

Closing Reflections
14. Looking Forward: From Poetics to Praxis (Ingrid Leman Stefanovic, Simon Fraser University)
15. The Lure of Water (Dilys Leman, Toronto)
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About Ingrid Leman Stefanovic

Ingrid Leman Stefanovic is Dean of the Faculty of Environment and professor in the School of Resource and Environmental Management at Simon Fraser University. She is also a professor emerita in the Department of Philosophy at the University of Toronto.
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