After Preservation: Saving American Nature in the Age of Humans


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University of Chicago Press
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6.2 X 9.2 X 0.7 inches | 0.9 pounds

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About the Author

Ben A. Minteer holds the Arizona Zoological Society Endowed Chair in the School of Life Sciences at Arizona State University. He has published a number of books, including Refounding Environmental Ethics and The Landscape of Reform. Stephen J. Pyne is a Regents' Professor in the School of Life Sciences at Arizona State University. He is the author, editor, or coeditor of many books, most recently The Last Lost World and Fire: Nature and Culture.


"Conservation requires conversation; protecting nature while still using it to meet human needs is a paradoxical mission, and its methods depend heavily on time and place. In such terrain, manifestos make lousy guides. Better is a forum such as After Preservation, which not only seats ecomodernists, wilderness purists, bureaucrats, and scientists at the same long, noisy table but also places their positions in historical context."
--New Yorker
"Although environmentalists have traditionally held onto a preservationist philosophy in fending off ecological harms, the omnipresence of human influence makes many now wonder if that approach is still feasible. In this collection of twenty-three spirited and thought-provoking essays, scientists, historians, and activists alike represent a broad spectrum of viewpoints, from conservation at all costs to balancing the natural world's needs with those of civilization. . . . Everyone concerned with the ongoing debate over wildlife protection will want to study this vitally important contribution to the discussion."
"In this well-rounded and mostly accessible collection, Arizona State University professors Minteer (The Landscape of Reform) and Pyne (Burning Bush) pull together a range of perspectives on contemporary issues in environmental conservation from academics, ecologists, philosophers, and environmental activists. . . . By inviting a range of voices to the discussion, Minteer and Pyne reveal subjects of importance to both themselves and to their peers around the country."--Publishers Weekly
"Minteer and Pyne have compiled a variety of opinions from twenty-six environmental specialists on a provocative subject. . . . Overall, the writings illustrate a deep division of American opinion on how to preserve the environment. After Preservation would be a useful resource for university seminars."