Friday, August 26, 2011

Making Nature Whole - William Jordan III's new volume

At last Bill Jordan's book "Making Nature Whole" is out from Island Press (see here).  He and coauthor George Lubick have worked on this for several years.  It traces the roots of the idea of restoring nature for its own sake - not for its services, not for its "goods", but for the sake of nature whole and intact with all its beauty and its problematic aspects (after all, despite the loving attention that we may pay to the things of nature, nature will always have the last laugh, and will even provide the worms to harass us in our graves!).  Jordan recognizes, of course, that this is a problematic idea - even selflessness is selfish if you look at it with the appropriate spectacles.  This post is not to review but merely to announce.  We at DePaul University will host a launch in the coming months.  I will post details when I have them.  And I would also like to arrange a seminar on the book in winter.  Let me know if you are interested and I'll keep you posted on that too.   

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