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  • Author:
    Evan Eisenberg
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    0375705600
  • ISBN13:
    978-0375705601
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    Vintage (October 5, 1999)
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    640 pages
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The Ecology of Eden is no ordinary book; it is, in fact, something of a masterwork Part Three chases this inquiry across the whole length of Western history and a good stretch of our mental landscape, from pastoral verse to housing developments and from gardens to th. .

The Ecology of Eden is no ordinary book; it is, in fact, something of a masterwork. Part Three chases this inquiry across the whole length of Western history and a good stretch of our mental landscape, from pastoral verse to housing developments and from gardens to the Gaia hypothesis. Part Four, finally, applies the lessons of this journey to the problems of the present hour. He is not in a hurry and he favors figurative prose.

The Ecology of Eden book. A mountain peak, a rolling pasture, a boulevard alive with sound and light-each of us carries, deep inside, a dream of paradise. In this magisterial contribution to the literature of ecology and the environment, our nostalgia for the myth of paradise-the primeval, self-sufficient, nurturing garden where mankind was bor-The "Dazzling. -The Washington Post.

-The Washington Post. In this magisterial contribution to the literature of ecology and the environment, our nostalgia for the myth of paradise-the primeval, self-sufficient, nurturing garden where mankind was born-is the starting point of a brilliant inquiry into what our place in Nature has been and ought to be.

The Ecology of Eden is at once an inquiry into this dream and a startling new vision of humankind's role in nature

The Ecology of Eden is at once an inquiry into this dream and a startling new vision of humankind's role in nature. Images of paradise arise from the down-to-earth facts of our lives-of our relationship with land, water, air, other creatures, and other people. In turn, these images of paradise reshape our lives. Evan Eisenberg's first book, The Recording Angel, a pathbreaking study of the cultural impact of recorded music, has been translated into French, German, and Italian. His writings on nature, culture, and technology have appeared in The Atlantic, The New Republic, The Village Voice, CoEvolution Quarterly, and other periodicals.

The Ecology of Eden: An Inquiry into the Dream of Paradise and a Hew Vision of Our Role in Nature, by Evan Eisenberg (Vintage Books). This is an elegantly written exploration into deep ecological anthropology and philosophy.

The Ecology of Eden: An Inquiry into the Dream of Paradise and a New Vision of Our Role in Nature, by Evan Eisenberg (Vintage Books).

The ecology of Eden: An inquiry into the dream of paradise and a new vision of our role in nature. New York, NY: Vintage Books.

Eisenberg, Evan Although mainstream theology has largely bought into the dominant evolutionary narrative of Progress, the Bibles perspective on historical origins is quite contrary which i. New York: Vintage Books, 1998. Although mainstream theology has largely bought into the dominant evolutionary narrative of Progress, the Bibles perspective on historical origins is quite contrary which is perhaps why it has been increasingly marginalized since the Enlightenment. The primeval history of Gen 1-11, for example, portrays civilization as the fruit not of human genius, but of alienation from the symbiotic lifeways of the Garden.

Eisenberg, E. (1998) view of the complex relationship between human beings and the whole of nature

Eisenberg, E. (1998). The ecology of Eden: An inquiry into the dream of paradise and a new vision of our role in nature. Beyond the frontiers of the mind. view of the complex relationship between human beings and the whole of nature. This classic book remains a valuable resource for philosophers, biologists, and environmentalists alike-along with all those who care about the future of life on Earth.

"Dazzling . . . a prose epic." --The Washington PostA mountain peak, a rolling pasture, a boulevard alive with sound and light--each of us carries, deep inside, a dream of paradise.  In this magisterial contribution to the literature of ecology and the environment, our nostalgia for the myth of paradise--the primeval, self-sufficient, nurturing garden where mankind was born--is the starting point of a brilliant inquiry into what our place in Nature has been and ought to be.    Writing in lively, imaginative prose and drawing deftly upon disciplines as varied as biology, geology, anthropology, history, physics, and music, Evan Eisenberg examines the ways in which people have envisioned and tried to re-create the earthly paradise even as they have dealt with the often disastrous effects of their increasing manipulation of the environment. An encyclopedic survey of efforts to heal the dangerous rift between culture and nature, The Ecology of Eden is a landmark work that is enormously suggestive, informative, and a joy to read.     "It's a question many writers have tackled, from Paul Ehrlich to E. O. Wilson: How can we survive while population grows, resources dwindle . . . and the threat of global climate change looms ominously? Few have explored it with more originality or historic sweep. . . . A rich harvest, filled with many kernels of wisdom about the future of our elusive Eden."--San Francisco Chronicle     "An ambitious, thickly braided narrative that makes the clearest bid to nudge the dialectic along. . . . Eisenberg traces the story engagingly, energetically, with a remarkable breadth of learning and a metaphor-maker's eye. . . . A vision of substance and genuine insight." -Los Angeles Times Book Review

Ann
This author has a rare ability of turning prose into poetry. Much of what I could write about his work I could borrow from descriptions of other science/philosophy/biology writers such as Carl Sagan, Stephen Pinkard or Daniel Dennett (but with a poetic touch). He's THAT good. Maybe I'll add more to this review later but for now I can say it's BRILLIANT AND ENGROSSING. Super fine book.
HyderCraft
Arrived in good shape. Just what I wanted.
นℕĨĈტℝ₦
WRONG BOOK. Instead I got a "Interpreting Engineering Drawings" Sixth Edition. I called but went to voice mail. Really needed this book for my course.
Rolling Flipper
As Eisenberg writes: "The book has four parts. The first describes, in biological terms, the waves of change that have swept the planet at narrowing intervals over the past few million years. The second recounts some of the myths people have shored up against those waves, mainly in the ancient Near East, and asks what ecological facts the myths reflect, cover up, or help create. Part Three chases this inquiry across the whole length of Western history and a good stretch of our mental landscape, from pastoral verse to housing developments and from gardens to the Gaia hypothesis. Part Four, finally, applies the lessons of this journey to the problems of the present hour." (xvii)

He is not in a hurry and he favors figurative prose. Combined, this handicaps an otherwise interesting look at humankind's symbiosis with non-human nature and the influential notion of a long-lost Eden, under whatever name and form it might be imagined. The book is densely written and founded on broad research, and the writing is well-controlled within its lengthy stylistic boundaries (although the boundaries of relevance are sometimes breached); but because of the density, the verbosity, and the figurative language, the discussion is not always clear, often seeming to hover in the realm of metaphor without any sure, grounded meaning. Overall, less would have been better. At least the chapters are short.
Gholbirdred
I read with disbelief some of the reviews, because I thought this book a work of genius - one of the very few that bridge the gulf between a scientifc and an arts view of history. My impression is that one reviewer is a fundamentalist Christian and that the others are mostly narrow scientists unfamiliar with ideas about myth and metaphor. Each seems to slate the book because it is not written from the standpoint of the reviewer's specialist interest. My own problem with the book was the many Americanisms and analogies from baseball and other sports about which I am too narrow to be informed, but I am not willing to knock off even half a star for that. I have made it my top recommendation for students of human ecology.
Soustil
First of all, I'm not somebody who hands out five stars like Halloween candy, and I'm constantly amazed at the mediocre books on Amazon with reams of five star reviews. It's embarrassing. I say that so that perhaps you'll take my five star review of this book seriously.

If you're looking for a distraction, or a way to pass the time, avoid this book. It's challenging, and it takes a long time to get through it. It's time well spent. Eisenberg's erudition shows up on every page, and unlike so many writers of environmentally themed books, he has the breadth of knowledge to place his subject into a larger context. The theme of humanity's impossible search for a balance between nature and culture introduces the reader to the idea of Arcadia, an important cultural theme that has been neglected by the mainstream for many years (it was much more widely known and discussed in the nineteenth century). Eisenberg also presents this idea as an ongoing interaction between the Mountain and the Tower, representing wilderness and culture.

The book includes a very useful bibliography for researchers and people who want to learn more about particular subjects.

Any book that can range from the epic of Gilgamesh to the music of Duke Ellington is worth a read, in my opinion.
GAZANIK
There is a wealth of insights regarding Man and his dependencies on the immense cast of largely unseen earthly agents. Eisenberg employs pre-Bible myths and ancient legends and more recent concepts to entice moderns to manage our resources. This was not an easy read for me, sometimes I was lost his erudite descriptions and discussions and sometimes the message failed to connect with me. But on the whole this was a most worthwhile volume.
This book is one of my all time favorites. It continues to influence and enrich me to this day.

The style of the book is more conversational than scientific; its information is trustworthy and well researched. The central arguement of the tower (city) versus the mountain (wilderness) is facinating and as a former urban and environmental studies major in college, I loved the connection. Weaving together myth and religion, human history and natural history, it offers a compelling structure for understanding the relationship between humans and the physical world.