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Integral Ecology: Uniting Multiple Perspectives on the Natural Worldby Sean Esbjorn Hargens
Synopses & Reviews
Today there is a bewildering diversity of views on ecology and the natural environment. With more than two hundred distinct and valuable perspectives on the natural world—and with scientists, economists, ethicists, activists, philosophers, and others often taking completely different stances on the issues—how can we come to agreement to solve our toughest environmental problems?
In response to this pressing need, Integral Ecology unites valuable insights from multiple perspectives into a comprehensive theoretical framework—one that can be put to use right now. The framework is based on Integral Theory, as well as Ken Wilbers AQAL model, and is the result of over a decade of research exploring the myriad perspectives on ecology available to us today and their respective methodologies.
Dozens of real-life applications and examples of this framework currently in use are examined, including three in-depth case studies: work with marine fisheries in Hawaii, strategies of eco-activists to protect Canadas Great Bear Rainforest, and a study of community development in El Salvador. In addition, eighteen personal practices of transformation are provided for you to increase your own integral ecological awareness. Integral Ecology provides the most sophisticated application and extension of Integral Theory available today, and as such it serves as a template for any truly integral effort.
Book News Annotation:
Integral theory seeks to combine different approaches and perspectives to problems, typically scientific and spiritual. Esbjörn-Hargens (integral theory, John F. Kennedy U., Pleasant Hill, California) and Zimmerman (philosophy, U. of Colorado-Boulder) have pioneered the application of the theory to ecology. Here they integrate their integrations into a fat introduction and reference accessible to general readers and to specialists in a wide range of disciplines and professions. After summarizing the historical context and conceptual framework, they discuss features of integral ecology that distinguish it from other approaches, and demonstrate they those features can be applied in various environmental debates. Three case studies are provided, reprinted from World Futures: The Journal of General Evolution 61 (2005) nos. 1-2, published by the Centre for Integral Action in British Columbia. Distributed in the US by Shambhala Publications, Inc. Annotation Â©2009 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
About the Author
Michael E. Zimmerman, PhD, is professor of philosophy and director of the Center for Humanities and the Arts at the University of Colorado, Boulder. He spent more than thirty years at Tulane University in New Orleans, where he was chair of the Department of Philosophy and co-director of Environmental Studies. He is co-editor of the popular textbook Environmental Philosophy and the author of Contesting Earths Future. In addition, Michael has published nearly one hundred academic articles on philosophy and ecology. He lives in Boulder, Colorado, with his wife and daughter.
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