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Bitter Shade: The Ecological Challenge of Human Consciousness

Michael R. Dove


This book asks an age-old question about the relationship between human consciousness and the environment: How do we think about our own thoughts and actions? How can we transcend the exigencies of daily life? How can we achieve sufficient distance from our own everyday realities to think and act more sustainably? To address these questions, the book draws on the results of decades of research in South and Southeast Asia on how local cultures have circumvented the “curse of consciousness” — the paradox that we cannot completely comprehend the ecosystem of which we are part. The book is focusse ... More

Keywords: human consciousness, environment, perspectivism, metamorphosis, mimesis, ecosystem

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2021 Print ISBN-13: 9780300251746
Published to Yale Scholarship Online: September 2021 DOI:10.12987/yale/9780300251746.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Michael R. Dove, author
Yale University