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Living Through the End of Nature: The Future of American Environmentalism

3.74  ·  Rating Details  ·  43 Ratings  ·  8 Reviews
Environmentalists have always worked to protect the wildness of nature but now must find a new direction. We have so tamed, colonized, and contaminated the natural world that safeguarding it from humans is no longer an option. Humanity's imprint is now everywhere and all efforts to "preserve" nature require extensive human intervention. At the same time, we are repeatedly ...more
Paperback, 252 pages
Published February 8th 2013 by MIT Press (MA) (first published February 12th 2010)
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Adam Wiggins
Jan 26, 2012 Adam Wiggins rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A book called The End of Nature, published in 1997, presented the idea that nature as we know it is gone. Pure wilderness, untouched by humans, no longer exists. Every drop of seawater, every cubic meter of air in the atmosphere, even the global temperature, have been affected by the byproducts of human civilization.

This book, Living Through the End of Nature, takes the end of nature as a premise, and asks what environmentalists -- those who cherish the non-human parts of the earth (wilderness),
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Amanda Royster
Oct 30, 2015 Amanda Royster rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

In Living Through the End of Nature, Paul Wapner informs us of the progression of American environmentalism. The novel takes the reader through the history of interaction between man and nature and addresses his theory of a "post nature age". Wapner points out what modern environmentalists have to do in order to live in peace with nature without completely stopping human technological advances.
Within the novel, Wapner makes sure to structure the book to emphasize the most important points with
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Ľuboš
Feb 28, 2016 Ľuboš rated it liked it
Shelves: own, dissertation
The environmental thought is haunted by the 'end of nature' (or rather 'ends of nature' as Wapner properly names it) for some time now and it seems that few have tried to sketch the possible way forth and fewer yet - if any - succeeded in finding a strong ground, a new paradigm for environmentalism.

Paul Wapner in this quite nicely written and easily readable book tried to do this. Did he succeed? I'm not very convinced.

In the first half of the book Wapner skillfully, but with not enough philos
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Ryan
Jul 25, 2011 Ryan rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: environment
This slim book was surprisingly refreshing in presenting opposing ends of the debate on environmental preservation, with one end valuing unblemished nature as the highest good, and the other espousing the innate right of mankind to subdue and use his environment for his own benefit. Thinking out of the box and trying to understand both perspectives made for interesting reading. Too many books on the environment are 'doom and gloom' as the writer puts it, without trying to explain the reasons we ...more
Mary
Mar 02, 2016 Mary rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
"In a paradoxical sense, confidence comes not from knowing everything and being able to control our experience but rather from knowing that we do not know everything, and nonetheless finding ways to live meaningfully and work on behalf of life. "
Daniel Burton-Rose
Advocates a middle path between reifying a concept of pure nature and asserting that the world is so fallen that there's nothing conceivably wild left.
Vincent
Jul 06, 2014 Vincent rated it it was amazing
Deep ab accurate exploration of our relationship with, and conception of, nature. Excellent book.
Ritodhi
Sep 28, 2010 Ritodhi rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The book that environmentalism has been waiting for. Logically argued and emotionally appealed, this book requests for the systemic changes within the ideologies governing the notion of development and life.
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