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The prominent contributors in Conservation Reconsidered establish a fundamentally original view of the conservation movement and the impact of public policy on nature. This collection of essays articulate the belief that the thinkers and actors who helped develop the conservation movement-notably John Muir, Theodore Roosevelt, Gifford Pinchot and Aldo Leopold-have been seriously misunderstood by scholars who have analyzed them in the context of contemporary environmental debates. Conservationism, the contributors argue, was a diverse movement dealing with difficult questions about the relationship of human beings to nature in a modern liberal democratic state. The essays place conservationism within the framework of 19th century American political thinkers including Darwin, Emerson, Thoreau and Olmsted, and they illuminate perennial questions about citizenship and our place in the natural world. Conservation Reconsidered takes a new look at what is problematic about the legacy of American conservationism and explores worthy alternatives to the dominant environmentalist thinking of today.

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Eight contributors, professors of political science and history, as well as organization men, write about Emerson, Thoreau, John Muir, Teddy Roosevelt, Gifford Pinchot, Aldo Leopold, and Frederick Law Olmstead. The overall goal of this volume is to prove that many American ur-environmentalists were not simply conservationists—those intent on setting nature aside for wise and efficient use—nor simply preservationists—those anti-consumerists intent on setting nature aside for moral reasons—but both. Two essays show that preservationists Muir and Leopold were not just in favor of locking away as much wilderness as possible, but using it. Roosevelt, argues another essay, was no mere rational planner, but intensely interested in the moral role of wilderness for democracy. Still another essay holds that Pinchot less believed in science than used it to support a political reform program.
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The prominent contributors in Conservation Reconsidered establish a fundamentally original view of the conservation movement and the impact of public policy on nature. This collection of essays articulate the belief that the thinkers and actors who

Synopsis:

The contributors in this book establish a fundamentally original view of the conservation movement and the impact of public policy on nature. This collection of essays articulate the belief that the thinkers and actors who helped develop the conservation movement -notably John Muir, Theodore Roosevelt, Gifford Pinchot, and Aldo Leopold - have been seriously misunderstood by scholars who have analysed them in the context of contemporary environmental debates. This book takes a new look at what is problematic about the legacy of American conservationist and explores worthy alternatives to the dominant environmentalist thinking of today.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780847697175
Editor:
Rubin, Charles T.
Publisher:
Rowman & Littlefield Publishers
Editor:
Rubin, Charles T.
Author:
Rubin, Charles T.
Location:
Lanham, Md. :
Subject:
Philosophy
Subject:
U.S. Government
Subject:
Environmental
Subject:
Nature conservation
Subject:
Conservationists
Subject:
Government - U.S. Government
Subject:
Conservationists -- United States.
Subject:
Nature conservation -- United States -- History.
Subject:
Politics-United States Politics
Subject:
Politics - General
Edition Number:
280
Edition Description:
Paperback
Series:
Political Economy Forum Paperback
Series Volume:
no. 5
Publication Date:
20000631
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Pages:
280
Dimensions:
8.97x5.83x.61 in. .79 lbs.

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"Synopsis" by , The prominent contributors in Conservation Reconsidered establish a fundamentally original view of the conservation movement and the impact of public policy on nature. This collection of essays articulate the belief that the thinkers and actors who
"Synopsis" by , The contributors in this book establish a fundamentally original view of the conservation movement and the impact of public policy on nature. This collection of essays articulate the belief that the thinkers and actors who helped develop the conservation movement -notably John Muir, Theodore Roosevelt, Gifford Pinchot, and Aldo Leopold - have been seriously misunderstood by scholars who have analysed them in the context of contemporary environmental debates. This book takes a new look at what is problematic about the legacy of American conservationist and explores worthy alternatives to the dominant environmentalist thinking of today.
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