The Handbook of Environment and Society focuses on the interactions between people, societies and economies, and the state of nature and the environment. Editorially integrated but written from multi-disciplinary perspectives, The Handbook of Environment and Society is organised in seven sections: - Environmental thought: past and present - Valuing the environment - Knowledges and knowing - Political economy of environmental change - Environmental technologies - Redesigning natures - Institutions and policies for influencing the environment Key themes include: locations where the environment-society relation is most acute: where, for example, there are few natural resources or where industrialization is unregulated; the discussion of these issues at different scales: local, regional, national, and global; the cost of damage to resources; and the relation between principal actors in the environment-society nexus. Aimed at an international audience of academics, research students, researchers, practitioners and policy makers, The Handbook on Environment and Society presents readers in social science and natural science with a manual of the past, present and future of environment-society links.

Humans and Nature: From Locke and Rousseau to Darwin and Wallace

Humans and Nature: From Locke and Rousseau to Darwin and Wallace

Humans and nature: From locke and rousseau to Darwin and Wallace


This chapter gives an overview of some strands of Western thinking about the place of humans in nature from the emergence of modern physical science during the 17th century, to the evolutionary debates of the late 19th century. We often find in today's accounts of the rise of modern science and technology, and the philosophy of ‘enlightenment’ that followed it a rather simplified and onesided view. A ‘modern project’ is sometimes held to involve elevating humans above the rest of nature, seeking to realise human potential by subordinating and controlling the rest of the natural world. This picture does represent one very influential ‘grand ...

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