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978-1-4985-5902-7 • Hardback • March 2018 • $100.00 • (£77.00)
978-1-4985-5903-4 • eBook • March 2018 • $95.00 • (£73.00)
Joshua J. Bowman is a post doctoral fellow with the Louisiana State University Department of Political Science and the Eric Voegelin Institute.
Part I: Imagination and Political Thought
Chapter 1: Politics and Imagination
Chapter 2: Imagination and Environmental Political Thought
Part II: Thoreau’s Political Thought
Chapter 3: Life with Principle: Thoreau and Political Morality
Chapter 4: Resistance and Right
Chapter 5: Life with People: Thoreau on Friendship and Community
Part III: Environmental Political Thought in the Aftermath of Thoreau
Chapter 6: Thoreau and the Arcadian Longing
Chapter 7: Thoreau, the Arcadian Exile
Chapter 8: Infinite Arcadia
Chapter 9: Arcadian Ecology
About the Author
Bowman’s lucid investigation gathers ample evidence of Thoreau’s influence on the environmental and ecological movements. It also offers a persuasive account of the importance of the imagination for motivating political action on environmental concerns.
Few movements of recent decades have had a more pervasive influence in Western society than environmentalism, but until this penetrating, far-reaching and original study scholars and others have had great difficulty sorting out what is what within this large and complex movement and assessing its strengths and weaknesses. Bowman has the philosophical and historical wherewithal to identify particular strains of environmentalism, including their deeper assumptions, and to provide criteria for critically evaluating them. Some of these strains are shown to diverge sharply. Bowman's thoughtful, incisive way of connecting them to views of human nature and society is indispensable to any serious study of environmentalism, but is relevant also to the study of other prominent social and political movements
— Claes Ryn, The Catholic University of America
As a political theorist who also teaches environmental politics, I found this to be an exciting and much-welcome new work. A fresh look at Thoreau and a valuable contribution to the scholarship of environmentalism, Dr. Bowman’s book offers important keys to understanding the linkage between imagination and public policy.
— William F. Byrne, St. John's University
In focusing on the imagination, the faculty that plays a vital if insufficiently understood role in shaping knowledge and action, Bowman provides an original and compelling contribution to scholarship on politics and the environment. Among other things, his theoretical approach sheds light upon ways of thinking about human beings and the natural world that move beyond stale ideological dichotomies and policy proposals. This book should be given serious attention by scholars, and it would be an excellent text to include in political theory and environmental studies courses.
— Justin D. Garrison, Roanoke College