How much of science is culturally constructed? How much depends on language and metaphor? How do our ideas about nature connect with reality? Can nature be "reinvented" through theme parks and malls, or through restoration?
Reinventing Nature? is an interdisciplinary investigation of how perceptions and conceptions of nature affect both the individual experience and society's management of nature. Leading thinkers from a variety of fields -- philosophy, psychology, sociology, public policy, forestry, and others -- address the conflict between perception and reality of nature, each from a different perspective. The editors of the volume provide an insightful introductory chapter that places the book in the context of contemporary debates and a concluding chapter that brings together themes and draws conclusions from the dialogue.
A Note from the Editors
Introduction: Nature Under Fire / Gary Lease
Virtually Hunting Reality in the Forests of Simulacra / Paul Shepard
The Nature of Reality and the Reality of Nature / Albert Borgmann
Searching for Common Ground / N. Katherine Hayles
Nature and the Disorder of History / Donald Worster
Cultural Parallax in Viewing North American Habitats / Gary Paul Nabham
Concepts of Nature East and West / Stephen R. Kellert
Resolute Biocentrism: The Dilemma of Wilderness in National Parks / David M. Graber
The Social Siege of Nature / Michael E. Soulé
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