Description

This is the first introductory anthology on the philosophy of ecology edited by an ecologist and a philosopher. It illustrates the range of philosophical approaches available to ecologists and provides a basis for understanding the thinking on which many of today's environmental ideas are founded. Collectively, these seminal readings make a powerful statement on the value of ecological knowledge and thinking in alleviating the many problems of modern industrial civilization.

Issues covered include:
the challenges of defining scientific ecology, tracing its genealogy, and distinguishing the science from various forms of "ecological-like" thinking
the ontology of ecological entities and processes
selected concepts of community, stability, diversity, and niche
the methodology of ecology (rationalism and empiricism, reductionism and holism)
the significance of evolutionary law for ecological science

  • ISBN13: 9780820322209
  • Publisher: University of Georgia Press
  • Pubilcation Year: 2000
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 00384
Specifications
FormatPaperback
Publication DateDecember 1, 2000
Pages384
Primary CategoryScience/Life Sciences - Ecology

Philosophy of Ecology

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