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Notes Preface 1. Annie Dillard, Pilgrim at Tinker Creek (New York: HarperCollins, 1999), p. 51. Introduction 1. Henry Beston, The Outermost House (New York: Henry Holt, 1992), p. 10. 2. Mortimer J. Adler, The Great Ideas: A Lexicon of Western Thought (New York: MacMillan, 1952), pp. 177–84. 3. Alfred North Whitehead, The Concept of Nature (Cambridge, UK: Cambridge UP, 1920), p. 19. 4. Georg W. F. Hegel, Philosophy of Nature, ed., M. J. Petry, Vol. 2 of Encyclopedia of the Philosophical Sciences (London, UK: Unwin Brothers Limited, 1970), par. 281. 5. Georg F. Hegel, Lectures on the History of Philosophy, Vol. 1 (Lincoln: U of Nebraska P, 1995). 6. Heidegger performs something akin to this action with his arguably hypostasized term “Being” when he crosses it through, both marking it and, in effect, taking it away. 7. For a more complete examination of the notion of domestication, see David Macauley, “Be-wildering Order: On Finding a Home for Domestication and the Domesticated Other” in Roger Gottlieb, ed., The Ecological Community (New York: Routledge, 1997). 8. See David Macauley, “The Domestication of Water: Filtering Nature Through Technology,” Essays in Philosophy 6.1 (2005). 9. Ivan Illich, H2 O and the Waters of Forgetfulness (Berkeley, CA: Heyday Books, 1985), p. 76. 10. Gary Paul Nabhan, The Cultures of Habitat (Washington, DC: Counterpoint, 1997), p. 319. 11. Quoted in Philip Ball, Life’s Matrix: A Biography of Water (Berkeley: U of California P, 1999), p. 142. 12. Quoted in George Johnson, Fire in the Mind: Science, Faith, and the Search for Order (New York: Vintage, 1995), p. 71. 13. See Paul Davies, The Cosmic Blueprint (London, UK: Heinemann, 1987). 14. Primo Levi’s meditation on some of the chemical elements is an exception to this general rule. See Levi, The Periodic Table, trans. Raymond Rosenthal (New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1996). 357 15. See Ernst Cassirer, The Philosophy of Symbolic Forms, trans. Ralph Manheim (New Haven, CT: Yale UP, 1955). 16. John Rist, “Why Greek Philosophers Might Have Been Concerned About the Environment,” in Laura Westra and Thomas M. Robinson, eds., The Greeks and the Environment (Lanham, MD: Rowman & Littlefield, 1997), p. 23. Chapter 1: Philosophy’s Forgotten Four 1. J. Donald Hughes, “Theophrastus as Ecologist,” in Theophrastean Studies, Vol. 3, William Fortenbraugh ed., pp. 67–75 and Hughes, “Early Greek and Roman Environmentalists ,” in Historical Ecology: Essays on Environment and Social Change, ed., Lester J. Bilskz, pp. 44–59. 2. For further thoughts in this regard, see David Macauley, “Greening Philosophy and Democratizing Ecology” in David Macauley, ed., Minding Nature: The Philosophers of Ecology (New York: Guilford, 1996), pp. 1–23. 3. See Rainer Maria Rilke, The Selected Poetry of Rainer Maria Rilke, ed. and trans. Stephen Mitchell (New York: Vintage, 1984), pp. 385, 387, and 511. In “The Young Workman’s Letter,” he speculates: “This growing exploitation of life, isn’t it a result of the centuries-long devaluation of the earthly? What a swindle to steal the images of earthly delight and sell them to heaven, behind our backs! The impoverished earth should long ago have called in all those loans . . . The proper use, that’s the important thing. To take the earthly in our hands, properly, in a truly loving way, with awe” (p. 310). 4. This sense of the invisibility and mystery of earth is also suggested beautifully in e.e. cumming’s poem, “O sweet spontaneous” in e.e. cummings, 100 Selected Poems (New York: Grove Press, 1959), p. 6. 5. James Hillman, Dream and the Underworld (New York: Harper & Row, 1979), p. 37. 6. William Bryant Logan, Dirt: The Ecstatic Skin of the Earth (New York, NY: Riverhead Books, 1995), p. 95. 7. Yvonne Baskin, The Work of Nature: How the Diversity of Life Sustains Us (Washington , DC: Island Press, 1997) p. 10. 8. David R. Montgomery, Dirt: The Erosion of Civilization (Berkeley: U of California P, 2007). 9. William Bryant Logan, Dirt, op. cit., p. 11. 10. Gary Snyder, Practice of the Wild (San Francisco, CA: North Point Press, 1990), p. 128. 11. Charles Darwin, The Formation of Vegetable Mould, Through the Action of Worms, With Observations on Their Habits, quoted in Amy Stewart, The Earth Moved: On the Remarkable Achievements of Earthworms (Chapel Hill, NC: Algonquin Books, 2004), p. 1. 12. Michael Pollan, Second Nature: A Gardener’s Education (New York: Delta, 1991). 13. Virginia Woolf, The Waves, quoted in Gaston Bachelard, Earth and Reveries of Will, trans. Kenneth Haltman (Dallas, TX: Dallas Institute...


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