Nature and Experience in the Culture of Delusion: How Industrial Society Lost Touch with Reality

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Palgrave Macmillan, Mar 6, 2012 - Psychology - 327 pages
While the historical development of symbolic power has benefitted humanity enormously, there is an insidious and seldom recognised price that goes beyond environmental degradation and cultural disintegration. With insights from both social and natural sciences, this book explores the changing character of subjectivity in contemporary life.
 

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Contents

1 Symbolism Breaks Free
1
2 The Natural and the Industrial
37
3 Growing Out of the World
84
4 Lost in Symbolic Space
100
5 How the Mind Took Over the World
143
6 The Industrialised Individual
221
Notes
283
Bibliography
305
Index
323
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David Kidner worked as a process design engineer in the petroleum industry before turning to social science with a PhD in psychology from London University. For the past three decades he has taught critical social science and environmental philosophy in Britain and the USA, and is currently at Nottingham Trent University, UK. He is the author of Nature and Psyche: Radical Environmentalism and the Politics of Subjectivity (2001), and numerous academic papers.

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