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Elemental Philosophy Earth, Air, Fire, and Water as Environmental Ideas —— David Macauley —— Published by State University of New York Press, Albany© 2010 State University of New York All rights reserved Printed in the United States of America No part of this book may be used or reproduced in any manner whatsoever without written permission. No part of this book may be stored in a retrieval system or transmitted in any form or by any means including electronic, electrostatic, magnetic tape, mechanical, photocopying, recording, or otherwise without the prior permission in writing of the publisher. For information, contact State University of New York Press, Albany, NY Production by Eileen Meehan Marketing by Michael Campochiaro Library of Congress Cataloging-in-Publication Data Macauley, David. Elemental philosophy : earth, air, fire, and water as elemental ideas / David Macauley. p. cm. — (Suny series in environmental philosophy and ethics) Includes bibliographical references and index. ISBN 978-1-4384-3245-8 (hardcover : alk. paper) 1. Four elements (Philosophy) I. Title. BD581.M25 2010 113—dc22 2010004835 10 9 8 7 6 5 4 3 2 1 Front cover photo credit: Banyan tree, Goa Gajah (Elephant Cave Temple), Ubud, Bali, Indonesia. Photo by David Macauley, 2009. Reprinted by permission of the artist. Front flap/Back cover art credit: “The Wheel of the Four Elements,” by Shaila George, 2010. Dedicated to my parents: Howard Kane Macauley and the late Marion Ernest Macauley ...


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