The Primordial Bond

Exploring Connections between Man and Nature through the Humanities and Sciences

  • Authors
  • Stephen H. Schneider
  • Lynne Morton

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-1
  2. Stephen H. Schneider, Lynne Morton
    Pages 3-19
  3. Stephen H. Schneider, Lynne Morton
    Pages 21-41
  4. Stephen H. Schneider, Lynne Morton
    Pages 43-73
  5. Stephen H. Schneider, Lynne Morton
    Pages 75-121
  6. Stephen H. Schneider, Lynne Morton
    Pages 123-145
  7. Stephen H. Schneider, Lynne Morton
    Pages 147-175
  8. Stephen H. Schneider, Lynne Morton
    Pages 177-241
  9. Stephen H. Schneider, Lynne Morton
    Pages 243-281
  10. Stephen H. Schneider, Lynne Morton
    Pages 283-301
  11. Back Matter
    Pages 303-324

About this book

Introduction

Does the solution to our energy crisis depend upon the de­ velopment of coal, nuclear, solar, or some other energy source? Are we better off because science and technology have made us less vulnerable to natural catastrophes? How, in fact, do we see ourselves now in relation to our natural world? The answers to these questions lie as much within the humanities as in the sciences. Problems as seemingly unrelated as our vulnerability to OPEC oil price hikes or a smog alert in Los Angeles or Tokyo often have common, hidden causes. One of these causes is simply the way our society sees its place in nature. There are many reasons for the heavy demand for oil. Among these we vii viii I PREFACE can include desire for industrial growth, hopes for improved living standards, mobility through automobiles and rapid transportation systems, and, not least, an attempt to loosen the constraints on man imposed by nature. These constraints and man's concomitant dependence upon nature are exam­ ples of the intense and finely interwoven relationship be­ tween man and nature, a relationship that constitutes a pri­ mordial bond forged long before the era of modem technology. Similarly, man has explored this primordial bond through the humanities for all the centuries prior to our present techno­ logical age. As we will see in this exploration, the bond un­ derlies many of the environmental and technological prob­ lems we have come to label the ecological crisis.

Keywords

crisis energy environment growth living mobility nature present reason science will

Bibliographic information

  • DOI https://doi.org/10.1007/978-1-4684-1057-0
  • Copyright Information Springer-Verlag US 1981
  • Publisher Name Springer, Boston, MA
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Print ISBN 978-1-4684-1059-4
  • Online ISBN 978-1-4684-1057-0
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