203 pages, 6 x 9
Release Date:01 Jan 1995

Reinventing Nature?

Responses To Postmodern Deconstruction

Island Press

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.

Michael E. Soulé is Professor Emeritus of Environmental Studies, University of California, Santa Cruz. A founder and first president of the Society for Conservation Biology and The Wildlands Network, Dr. Soulé  has written and edited nine books on biology, conservation biology, and the social and policy context of conservation and has published more than 170 papers in journals. Soulé is a fellow of both the American Association for the Advancement of Science and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. Among his many honors, Dr. Soulé is the sixth recipient of the Archie Carr Medal and in the first class of recipients of The Edward O. Wilson Biodiversity Technology Pioneer Award. 

A Note from the Editors

Chapter One
Introduction: Nature Under Fire / Gary Lease

Chapter Two
Virtually Hunting Reality in the Forests of Simulacra / Paul Shepard

Chapter Three
The Nature of Reality and the Reality of Nature / Albert Borgmann

Chapter Four
Searching for Common Ground / N. Katherine Hayles

Chapter Five
Nature and the Disorder of History / Donald Worster

Chapter Six
Cultural Parallax in Viewing North American Habitats / Gary Paul Nabham

Chapter Seven
Concepts of Nature East and West / Stephen R. Kellert

Chapter Eight
Resolute Biocentrism: The Dilemma of Wilderness in National Parks / David M. Graber

Chapter Nine
The Social Siege of Nature / Michael E. Soulé

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