Jump to ContentJump to Main Navigation
Climate CulturesAnthropological Perspectives on Climate Change$
Users without a subscription are not able to see the full content.

Jessica Barnes and Michael R Dove

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780300198812

Published to Yale Scholarship Online: January 2016

DOI: 10.12987/yale/9780300198812.001.0001

Show Summary Details
Page of

PRINTED FROM YALE SCHOLARSHIP ONLINE (www.yale.universitypressscholarship.com). (c) Copyright Yale University Press, 2020. All Rights Reserved. An individual user may print out a PDF of a single chapter of a monograph in YSO for personal use.date: 31 May 2020

Historic Decentering of the Modern Discourse of Climate Change

Historic Decentering of the Modern Discourse of Climate Change

The Long View from the Vedic Sagesto Montesquieu

Chapter:
(p.25) Chapter 1 Historic Decentering of the Modern Discourse of Climate Change
Source:
Climate Cultures
Author(s):

Michael R. Dove

Publisher:
Yale University Press
DOI:10.12987/yale/9780300198812.003.0002

This chapter places contemporary climate change discourse within a context of millennia of human experience with and thinking about the climate. Dove examines five canonical historic texts–works by Hippocrates, Theophrastus, Montesquieu, and Ibn Khaldûn, and an exploration of older Vedic teachings by Zimmermann. He traces common concerns through these texts: interest in the epistemology of climate knowledge; a focus on human difference versus similarity; an emphasis on the impact of nature on culture, as opposed to the reverse; the pedagogy of peopled versus unpeopled landscapes; and the removal of climate problems from ourselves. These historic studies seem both familiar and foreign to us today; and reading them helps to decenter, and thereby illuminate, contemporary thinking about climate and society.

Keywords:   Hippocrates, Montesquieu, Ibn Khaldûn, Vedic teachings, East-West and North-South dimensions of climate change, Hindu/Moslem/Christian traditions and climate change, Climate and culture history

Yale Scholarship Online requires a subscription or purchase to access the full text of books within the service. Public users can however freely search the site and view the abstracts and keywords for each book and chapter.

Please, subscribe or login to access full text content.

If you think you should have access to this title, please contact your librarian.

To troubleshoot, please check our FAQs , and if you can't find the answer there, please contact us.