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Author Meyer, William B.,
Title The progressive environmental Prometheans : left-wing heralds of a "good anthropocene" / William B. Meyer.
Imprint [Cham], Switzerland : Springer Nature, [2016]

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Author Meyer, William B.,
Subject Environmentalism.
Human beings -- Effect of envionment on.
Nature -- Effect of human beings on.
Environmental engineering -- History.
Description 1 online resource (ix, 220 pages .)
Summary This book is devoted to the exploration of environmental Prometheanism, the belief that human beings can and should master nature and remake it for the better. Meyer considers, among others, the question of why Prometheanism today is usually found on the political right while environmentalism is on the left. Chapters examine the works of leading Promethean thinkers of nineteenth and early and mid-twentieth century Britain, France, America, and Russia and how they tied their beliefs about the earth to a progressive, left-wing politics. Meyer reconstructs the logic of this "progressive Prometheanism" and the reasons it has vanished from the intellectual scene today. The Progressive Environmental Prometheans broadens the reader's understanding of the history of the ideas behind Prometheanism. This book appeals to anyone with an interest in environmental politics, environmental history, global history, geography and Anthropocene studies. William B. Meyer is Associate Professor of Geography at Colgate University. He is the author of Human Impact on the Earth (1996), Americans and Their Weather: A History (2000; updated edition, 2014), and The Environmental Advantages of Cities (2013), as well as numerous journal articles and book chapters.
Bibliography Note Includes bibliographical references and index.
Contents Introduction: Earthviews and Worldviews -- Chapter 1: The Technocratic Prometheans: Engineering Society and Environment -- Chapter 2: The Scientific Prometheans: Studying Nature to Improve It -- Chapter 3: The Prophetic Prometheans: Envisioning a New World and New Earth -- Conclusion: The Politics of Prometheanism Revisited.
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Note Print version record.
ISBN 9783319292632 (electronic bk.)
3319292633 (electronic bk.)
OCLC # 958084066
Additional Format Online version: Meyer, William B. Progressive environmental Prometheans. [Cham], Switzerland : Springer Nature, [2016] 9783319292632 (OCoLC)952973279
Print version: Meyer, William B. Progressive environmental Prometheans. [Cham], Switzerland : Springer Nature, [2016] 3319292625 9783319292625 (OCoLC)933713823

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