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Humans and the Earth

Toward a Personal Ecology

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David Rutledge

This fresh approach to ecological issues argues that there are important connections between the personal alienations inherited from critical philosophy and the cosmic alienation we call «the environmental crisis.» Rooted in the historical development of modern attitudes to nature, this study breaks new ground by applying a post-critical perspective to western views of God, humanity, and the natural world. Using the thought of Michael Polanyi, Wendell Berry, Wilfrid Cantwell Smith and William Poteat, it points a way out of our abuse of the earth through a renewing of incarnate life, in which our minds are no longer separated from the natural bodies they express.