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Nadia Tazi; Translated by Robert Bononno, M.D. Jager
Series: Keywords S.
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The final installment of an unprecedented intercultural dialogue.
Other Press is proud to present the fifth volume in its
groundbreaking "Keywords" series. Scholars from Africa, the Arab
World, China, Europe, India, and the United States share their
vision of how nature has been shaped by the cultural and
philosophical context of their respective societies, and affected
by modernization and Western technology.
The Indian and African texts place a particular emphasis on the
tension between Western influence, which radically transforms
nature, and their traditional approach where nature is perceived as
an intrinsic part of the human community. The Arabic philosophical
and religious tradition frames the world as a realm of divine
ordinances including natural science, physics, and mathematics. In
China the word Zi Ran does not refer to the concept of nature as an
abstract category but as an expression entrenched in everyday
speech evolving with the mutation of Chinese philosophical ideas.
In Europe, the modern definition of nature can be coined by a
paradox: nature is what we believe to be true and what we
acknowledge not to know, both a true fiction and a necessary fable.
The American essay reveals that nature in the United States has
been a dominant theme in history, art, and literature and has been
associated with the image of pristine wilderness. The ecological
crisis of recent times has brought back this romantic notion, which
has wide political and religious consequences. At the eve of the
twenty-first century, the Western perception of nature has grown
closer to the traditional perspectives of the East. These essays
offer an opportunity to rethink the implications of thisinteresting
This volume includes essays by Chen Shaoming, Zhongshan University,
Canton; Nader El-Bizri, University of Cambridge and Institute of
Ismaili Studies, London; Leo Marx, Massachusetts Institute of
Technology; Vinay Kumar Srivastava, Delhi University; Jean-Bernard
Ouedraogo, Universite de Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso; Pierre Zaoui,
Universite Paris X-Nanterre.
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