Divided Natures: French Contributions to Political Ecology Hardcover – Feb 1 2002
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"This is an outstanding contribution to the field of environmental philosophy/politics. Nothing like it exists in the English-language literature." Michael Zimmerman, Department of Philosophy, Tulane University
"Every so often, a work comes along that is so timely...and this book is one such work." Melissa Clark American Political Science Review
"Every so often, a work comes along that is so timely...this book is one such work." Melissa Clark American Political Science Review
"This is an outstanding contribution to the field of environmental philosophy/politics. Nothing like it exists in the English-language literature."--Michael Zimmerman, Department of Philosophy, Tulane University
"An original and significant contribution to the field. I am not aware of any other works in English that bring these particular theorists to the foreground. This book will appeal to academics working in the field, to postgraduate and advanced undergraduate students, and to a wider public engaged in the more philosophical aspects of environmental problems."--Mathew Humphrey, School of Politics, University of NottinghamPlease note: Endorser gives permission to excerpt from quote.
"Whiteside's discussion of recent French thought is clear, well-written, and informative. He introduces to the English-speaking world theorists who have been unduly neglected, bringing up important issues that will raise the level of analysis and debate in Anglophone ecological discussions."--John P. Clark, Professor of Philosophy and Chairperson, Environmental Studies Program, Loyola UniversityPlease note: Endorser gives permission to excerpt from quote in whole sentences.
About the Author
Kerry H. Whiteside is Clair R. McCollough Professor of Government at Franklin & Marshall College. He is the author of Divided Natures: French Contributions to Political Ecology (MIT Press, 2002).
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It would be interesting to see a line of serious comments that comprehensively reflects that engagement to follow. The serious intent and research provided by Kerry H. Whiteside deserves an intelligent evaluation based on thought not feelings.
Bruce E. Woych, Research in Cultural Anthropology / Cultural Ecology
In the interest of expedience, this is my reply to that previous review (posted to the comment page). Judge for yourself:
Is the PhD you list to your name the clarification of your authority to quote Whitehead's comment, or is it to lend credibility to an otherwise empty review? I'm confused by your own obscure references to Bertand Russell's lecture at Harvard, Quantum theory and your own comment that Kerry Whiteside's ecological research is simply a "natural world" inside his head...while your own admission is that this particular statement does not reside in your actual mind but from an apparently unsubstantiated emotive "feeling" that strikes you as critical assessment. I appreciated your recital of the quote (very cute contradiction in terms) but apparently your own contradictions outweigh your credibility to rate this work. IT is unfortunate that you would slam a book so casually. When I finally received my copy I was struck by its academic and intellectual integrity; and the fact perhaps that it is a wealth of authentic research in the history of ideas that are actually decisively and critically still dynamically in play today.
I was particularly struck by the feeling that Whiteside has spent very little time exploring aspects of the natural world outside of his head. And therein lies the problem with his conclusions. It's like Alfred North Whitehead's comment of his friend, Bertrand Russell's first Harvard lecture on the Quantum Theory: "I'd like to thank Professor Russell for his brilliant exposition. And especially for leaving unobsecured the vast darkness of the subject."
Bernie Krause, PhD
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