"An important book for those interested in environmental philosophy." --F.T. Kuserk, Moravian College, in "Choice" ..".Editor David Macauley provides an excellent introduction that summarizes the articles and serves as a guide to the readings. All of the articles are well organized and well written; all are heavily documented, and the citations are excellent bibliographic resources." --James Riley Chrisman, Black Hills State University, "Science Books and Films" "It is good to have these great philosophers cast, as they so rarely are, in a clear ecological light. It helps not only to understand their work in a fresh new way but to realize how in a sense all important philosophy in this age can best be seen as a branch of the study of nature itself." --Kirkpatrick Sale, author of "The Green Revolution: The American Environmental Movement 1962-92" and" Dwellers in the Land: The Bioregional Vision" "In "Minding Nature," David Macauley has done a great service by bringing together a wide range of critical commentary on the most developed modern philosophical positions concerning the relations between humanity and nature. The collection is unique and of great scholarly value. However, its importance transcends a merely academic interest. For these are shoulders to stand upon if we are to envision a way out of the ecological crisis that threatens to destroy civilization and lay waste to the earth." --Joel Kovel, Bard College ""Minding Nature" provides a fascinating study of how major philosophers from Hobbes to Arendt have viewed nature, and clearly articulates the social and human implications of their ideas. This lucid, original, and insightful collection of essays not only casts new light on each thinker, it reminds us that visions of nature are also visions of what it means to be human. Highly recommended for advanced courses in philosophy, political theory, intellectual history, and ecology." --Roger W. Smith, Ph.D., Professor of Governmen
David Macauley teaches philosophy and literature classes at several colleges in New York City. He has published numerous articles on ecology, political theory, and philosophy and is completing his doctorate in philosophy at SUNY Stony Brook.