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The Promethean illusion : the Western belief in human mastery of nature

Author: Bob Tostevin
Publisher: Jefferson, N.C. : McFarland, ©2010.
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"This text examines our presumption of mastery, the role of Newtonian science and modern science upon the Western philosophy of nature. Biological and ecological case studies reveal the ways in which nature places limits on our knowledge and actions, stymieing attempts at mastery. Programmatic proposals to control nature via genetic engineering and planet management come under specific attack"--
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Miscellanea
Additional Physical Format: Print version:
Tostevin, Bob, 1944-
Promethean illusion.
Jefferson, N.C. : McFarland, ©2010
(DLC) 2010034845
(OCoLC)630498324
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Bob Tostevin
ISBN: 9780786462285 0786462280 1282887246 9781282887244
OCLC Number: 671655651
Description: 1 online resource (ix, 262 pages)
Contents: Mastery in the making --
Authorizing human dominion --
Ironies of scientiþc progress --
Science in the land of sometimes and perhaps --
Elusive elements of organic change --
Ecological detective stories --
Planetary thinking.
Responsibility: Bob Tostevin.

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"This text examines our presumption of mastery, the role of Newtonian science and modern science upon the Western philosophy of nature. Biological and ecological case studies reveal the ways in which nature places limits on our knowledge and actions, stymieing attempts at mastery. Programmatic proposals to control nature via genetic engineering and planet management come under specific attack"--

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