Humanistic Ecology: The Integration of Magic, Medicine, and Science

By Paolo Palmieri.

Published by New Directions in the Humanities, a book imprint by Common Ground Publishing

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Book: Print $US40.00
Book: Electronic $US15.00

This book is a work of cultural, pedagogical, and social advocacy. It sketches the project of humanistic ecology, the idea that cultural, social, and educational renewal can and should be pursued within a humanistic framework. Humanistic ecology builds on the interrelatedness of traditions such as
magic, medicine, and science, as exemplified in the history of Western civilization. Humanistic ecology aims at integrating forgotten or marginalized pathways to knowledge and wellbeing. It emphasizes their transformative power for the betterment of our lives.

The book looks at the future but is informed with the spirit the past. Knowledge, happiness, and health are not inscribed in our genes, or in the social institutions of industrialized societies. In a nutshell, humanistic ecology envisions holistic forms of inquiry, learning, and healing, beyond the sectarian divisions of contemporary social and intellectual life.

Keywords: Humanistic ecology, Cultural advocacy, Pedagogical advocacy, Social advocacy, Magic, Medicine, Science

Book: Print (Paperback). Book: Electronic (PDF File; 1.637MB). Published by New Directions in the Humanities, a book imprint by Common Ground Publishing, Illinois.

Paolo Palmieri

Associate Professor, Department of History and Philosophy of Science, University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, PA, USA

I am a historian and philosopher of science. I focus on the intellectual traditions that shaped the values of modernity. I am fascinated by the creativity processes at the crossroads of the humanities, science, and technology. To learn about the interplay of cognition and practices, I design computer models, real experiments, and perform laboratory experimentation.

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