Land, and Community :
Collected E. F. Schumacher Society Lectures by Hildegarde Hannum (Editor), Nancy
Jack Todd (Contributor), E.
Degradation of environment and
community, along with its economic causes, has been the subject
of much concern in recent years. In this book, some of the most
respected authorities in the field discuss the historical,
cultural, social, political, and economic implications of this
degradation and suggest citizen initiatives that may halt it.
Contributors explore topics that range from agricultural reform
to bioregional economics. They all, however, focus on the
importance of sustainability, community, healthy and locally
based economies of scale, education, the dignity of good work,
and balance between human needs and the well-being of the
natural world. The book is based on the annual lecture series
sponsored by the E. F. Schumacher Society, a series honoring the
ideas that Schumacher first put forward in his classic book Small
Is Beautiful: Economics as if People Mattered....
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Guide for the Perplexed by E.
"The late E.F. Schumacher understates his case in
titling this book A Guide for the Perplexed; what he undertakes
is to provide nothing less than a Manual for Survival, concerned not
merely with individual physical or even societal endurance (though that,
too), but more importantly with the full realization of human potential.
Does that sound impossibly ambitious? It's only the
beginning. In the process of articulating his view of life, Schumacher
proceeds to knock the foundation from under much of what science has
been about these past few centuries, and then to bring into synthesis
the definitive tenets of the world's major religions. All this -- and
more -- in only 140 pages.
But hold the snickers; the man pulls it off.
Compelling reasoned and persuasively presented, this Guide
diagrams a view of humans and the world in which they live that will
challenge and stimulate every thoughtful reader." -- Newsday
"A Guide for the Perplexed offers us a harvest of utterly
insane, consoling , and life-affirming insight from one of the wisest
minds of our time. It is and unapologetic defense of traditional
Christian humanism which I am certain will light many a darkened
path." -- Theodore Roszak, Los Angeles Times
"A Guide for the Perplexed deserves wide reading. It
deserves in fact a Place in the college curriculum, as a text for
introductory courses in philosophy....It does as much for the defense of
traditional civilizational values as C.S. Lewis's The Abolition of
Man did in the last generation, and it does so on a metaphysical
foundation." -- Greensboro Daily News
"A Guide for the Perplexed is really a statement of the
philosophical underpinnings that inform Small is Beautiful. Those
who have read neither book should be wise to read the latest book first.
Those who have read Small is Beautiful will benefit from careful
reading of this new book. It's impact may be less immediate, but perhaps
more substantial and lasting." -- Chicago Tribune
"A harvest of utterly sane, consoling, and
life-affirming insight from one of the wisest minds of our time."
Los Angeles Times
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