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Elemental philosophy : earth, air, fire, and water as environmental ideas

Author: David Macauley
Publisher: Albany : State University of New York Press, ©2010.
Series: SUNY series in environmental philosophy and ethics.
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"Bachelard called them "the hormones of the imagination." Hegel observed that, "through the four elements we have the elevation of sensuous ideas into thought." Earth, air, fire, and water are explored as both philosophical ideas and environmental issues associated with their classical and perennial conceptions. David Macauley embarks upon a wide-ranging discussion of their initial appearance in ancient Greek  Read more...
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Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: David Macauley
ISBN: 9781438432458 1438432453 9781438432441 1438432445
OCLC Number: 511626775
Description: xvi, 433 pages ; 24 cm.
Contents: Philosophy's forgotten four --
The topology of the elemental environment --
The flowering of ecological roots : Empedocles's elemental thought --
Plato's chora-graphy of earth, air, fire, and water --
The place of the elements of place : Aristotle's natural household --
The economy and ecology of the Aristotelian elements --
Domestication of the elements --
In touch with the sensuous world : the reclamation of the elemental in continental philosophy --
Revaluing earth, air, fire, and water : elemental beauty, ecological duty, and environmental policy.
Series Title: SUNY series in environmental philosophy and ethics.
Responsibility: David Macauley.

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"Bachelard called them "the hormones of the imagination." Hegel observed that, "through the four elements we have the elevation of sensuous ideas into thought." Earth, air, fire, and water are explored as both philosophical ideas and environmental issues associated with their classical and perennial conceptions. David Macauley embarks upon a wide-ranging discussion of their initial appearance in ancient Greek thought as mythic forces or scientific principles to their recent reemergence within contemporary continental philosophy as a means for understanding landscape and language, poetry and place, the body and the body politic. In so doing, he shows the importance of elemental thinking for comprehending and responding to ecological problems. In tracing changing views of the four elements through the history of ideas, Macauley generates a new vocabulary for and a fresh vision of the environment while engaging the elemental world directly with reflections on their various manifestations."--Jacket.

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