Nature and Madness

Paul Shepard
Foreword by C. L. Rawlins


"[Shepard] demands of ecology nothing less than a shift in our whole frame of reference and our attitudes toward life itself."
New York Times Book Review

"Much of what we value in contemporary thought about 'nature and culture' grew up in the seedbed of Shepard's thinking. His writing about child development, physical and cultural anthropology, animal behavior, art and mythology, the history of agriculture, and other subjects is endlessly fascinating."
—Barry Lopez

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Through much of history our relationship with the earth has been plagued by ambivalence—we not only enjoy and appreciate the forces and manifestations of nature, we seek to plunder, alter, and control them. Here Paul Shepard uncovers the cultural roots of our ecological crisis and proposes ways to repair broken bonds with the earth, our past, and nature. Ultimately encouraging, he notes, "There is a secret person undamaged in every individual. We have not lost, and cannot lose, the genuine impulse."
Page count: 200 pp.
Trim size: 6 x 9


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Paul Shepard (1925–1996) was Avery Professor of Natural Philosophy and Human Ecology at Pitzer College in Claremont, California. He is the author of twelve books, a number of which are available from the University of Georgia Press.