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The Invention of Nature

Thomas Bargatzky and Rolf Kuschel

This book brings together chapters written by scholars providing a wide interdisciplinary background (anthropology, archaeology, comparative religion, art history, philosophy, and biology). It offers both descriptive data on the way non-Western people conceive what Westerners call «Nature», and philosophical investigations into meaning of this concept in Western thought. The book intends not only to demonstrate how very differently humans think about the elusive concept of Nature, it also tries to show where «primitive» thought and Western philosophy meet.
Contents: Concepts of nature in Greek religion and philosophy - The divinization of Nature in early modern thought - Attitudes toward Nature in American society - Pawnee views of Nature - Were the Crow Indians conservationists? The artificiality of Nature in Western art.