Radical Ecopsychology: Psychology in the Service of Life

SUNY Press
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Annotation Noting that the use of the term "radical" in the title of this work is redundant, private psychotherapist Fisher nevertheless includes it because it reflects two basic characteristics of his project. The "naturalistic" psychology proposed by Fisher is radical, in the sense of root causes, by insisting that the human mind be firmly located within the greater natural world. Radical also in the more commonly used sense of the word, his work also insists that ecopsychology should lead to a critical framework in which it is recognized that "a society that is organized primarily to serve the expansion of capital ... must increasingly exploit both humans and the natural world, and so generate a state of psychospiritual ruin and ecological crisis." Borrowing from the existentialists, Fisher insists that the human experience should be grounded in a natural world that is not a fallen realm to be transcended, but is the "everyday ground of our limited and mysterious human existence." Annotation copyrighted by Book News, Inc., Portland, OR.
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Andy Fisher is a psychotherapist in private practice.

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SUNY Press
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Feb 29, 2012
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Pages
328
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9780791488928
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English
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Nature / Environmental Conservation & Protection
Philosophy / Movements / Phenomenology
Psychology / Social Psychology
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