Reinventing Eden: The Fate of Nature in Western Culture

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Routledge, Mar 12, 2013 - Nature - 304 pages

This revised edition of Carolyn Merchant’s classic Reinventing Eden has been updated with a new foreword and afterword.

Visionary quests to return to the Garden of Eden have shaped Western Culture. This book traces the idea of rebuilding the primeval garden from its origins to its latest incarnations and offers a bold new way to think about the earth.

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Contents

1 A Garden Planet
1
Part I Genesis of the Recovery Narrative
9
Part II New World Edens
79
Part III New Stories
159
Epilogue
209
Afterword
211
Notes
217
Bibliography
251
Index
271
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Carolyn Merchant is professor of Environmental History, Philosophy, and Ethics in the Department of Environmental Science, Policy, and Management at the University of California, Berkeley.

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