In a Dark Wood: The Fight Over Forests and the Myths of Nature

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Transaction Publishers - 535 páginas

In a Dark Wood presents a history of debates among ecologists over what constitutes good forestry, and a critique of the ecological reasoning behind contemporary strategies of preservation, including the Endangered Species Act. Chase argues that these strategies, in many instances adopted for political, rather than scientific reasons, fail to promote biological diversity and may actually harm more creatures than they help. At the same time, Chase offers examples of conservation strategies that work, but which are deemed politically incorrect and ignored.

In a Dark Wood provides the most thoughtful and complete account yet written of radical environmentalism. And it challenges the fundamentalâ but largely unexaminedâ assumptions of preservationism, such as those concerning whether there is a "balance of nature," whether all branches of ecology are really science, and whether ecosystems exist. In his new introduction, Chase evaluates the response to his book and reports on recent developments in environmental science, policy, and politics.

In a Dark Wood was judged by a recent national poll to be one of the one hundred best nonfiction books written in the English language during the twentieth century. A smashing good read, this book will be of interest to environmentalists, ecologists, philosophers, biologists, and bio-ethicists, and anyone concerned about ecological issues.

 

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Contenido

The Search for Nature
CRISIS WHAT IS NATURE? 19601972
Cork Boot Fever
Mr Redwood
The Eco Raiders
Rebels with a Cause
Life in the Peace Zone
DISCOVERY NATURE IS AN ANCIENT FOREST 19731981
Occurrence at All Species Grove
The Age of Extremism
The Paradigm Shift
Wobblies and Yellow Ribbons
The Easter Sunday Massacre
Forests Forever
Fred the Walking Rainbow
Stepping on an Anthill

Building an Ark
A Law for All Seasons
A New Metaphor for Nature
The Birth of Biocentrism
The Owl Shrieked
The Reluctant Researchers
The New Forestry
RESPONSE THE BIOCENTRIC REVOLUTION 19821990
Night on Bald Mountain
The Network
Wall Street Forestry
Redwood Summer
CONSEQUENCES THE SEASON OF OUR UNCERTAINTY 1991
Diaspora
Home Sweet Home
The Forest Summit
The Inferno
In a Dark Wood
Notes and Sources
Index
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