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The Pine Island Paradox

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Synopsis:

In this warm, stimulating brew of personal stories, acclaimed author Kathleen Dean Moore uses the metaphor of an island to challenge the cynicism inherent in the Western worldview. A gifted storyteller with a sly sense of humor, Moore explores three separations brought to us by Enlightenment philosophers: the separation of human from nature, of things near and far away, and of the sacred from the mundane. Challenging each, such as Descartes' idea that humans have a discrete consciousness and can alter creation while remaining unaltered themselves, she reveals why such divisions don't tally with the values expressed daily in the way people live. Moore disguises her philosophical explorations in stories: about vacationing on a tiny island in Alaska, visiting her father in the hospital, watching grouse perform their mating dance in the desert. Throughout, she shows that, when properly observed, the world is full of opportunities to find hidden connections.

Product Details

ISBN:
9781571312761
Publisher:
Milkweed Editions
Location:
Minneapolis
Author:
Moore, Kathleen Dean
Subject:
General
Subject:
Nature
Subject:
Essays
Subject:
Environmental protection
Subject:
Human Geography
Subject:
Conservation of natural resources
Subject:
Human ecology
Subject:
Environmental ethics
Subject:
Island ecology
Subject:
Spirituality - General
Subject:
NATURE / Essays
Subject:
Biology-Reference
Edition Number:
1st ed.
Edition Description:
Trade Cloth
Series:
The World As Home
Series Volume:
CRT-2003-23
Publication Date:
20040430
Binding:
Hardback
Language:
English
Pages:
208
Dimensions:
8 x 5.25 in 14.5 oz

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In this warm, stimulating brew of personal stories, acclaimed author Kathleen Dean Moore uses the metaphor of an island to challenge the cynicism inherent in the Western worldview. A gifted storyteller with a sly sense of humor, Moore explores three separations brought to us by Enlightenment philosophers: the separation of human from nature, of things near and far away, and of the sacred from the mundane. Challenging each, such as Descartes' idea that humans have a discrete consciousness and can alter creation while remaining unaltered themselves, she reveals why such divisions don't tally with the values expressed daily in the way people live. Moore disguises her philosophical explorations in stories: about vacationing on a tiny island in Alaska, visiting her father in the hospital, watching grouse perform their mating dance in the desert. Throughout, she shows that, when properly observed, the world is full of opportunities to find hidden connections.
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