Books

Evolution's Edge: The Coming Collapse and Transformation of Our World

by Graeme Taylor, is now available from New Society Publishers.

While growing resource shortages threaten to destroy the world economy, runaway global warming threatens to destroy most life on Earth. The world’s leading climate scientists warn that humanity has only a few years in which to prevent disaster. But can we change the global economy this quickly? Evolution’s Edge explains not only why the collapse of our violent and destructive global system is inevitable, but also why a new type of sustainable civilization has begun to emerge. Because the obstacles to human progress are cultural, not technical, we can accelerate this evolutionary process through uniting around ethical, constructive views and values. Full of transformative ideas and tools, this book is a practical guide to a better future.

“Beautifully lucid… If our children and grandchildren are to have a future worth living, we’re probably going to get there along the path this book describes. Written with charm and style and rich with insight, this book is highly recommended for anyone looking for reasons for hope.”
— Thomas Homer-Dixon, award-winning author and Chair of Global Systems Studies at the Balsillie School of International Affairs

IPPY (Independent Publisher Book Awards) 2009 GOLD MEDAL winner in the category “Most Likely to Save the Planet”

Read the Introduction here.

Copies may be ordered here.

Wild Foresting: Practising Nature's Wisdom

edited by Alan Drengson & Duncan Taylor, is now available from New Society Publishers.

Wild foresting as a practice goes far beyond the minimal impact of ecoforestry — it promotes the responsible use of forests, connects indigenous knowledge systems, tailors global practices, and celebrates cultural and biological diversity. In this fascinating anthology, international forestry experts — who among them have won the Nobel Prize, the Star of St. Olaf, the Order of Canada, and the Order of BC — bring their proficiency and passion for human-wild forest relationships to a broad range of stories. The diverse activities represented include wild farming, wild crafting, adventure therapy, permaculture, ecosystem restoration, and education.

Wild Foresting reminds us that the knowledge exists to restore and sustain the ecological  health of our forests, and to restore our relationship with the land. The next step is having the will to use that knowledge.”
— Mitch Friedman, Executive Director, Conservation Northwest

Copies may be ordered here.

Animals and Ethics: An Overview of the Philosophical Debate

(third edition), by Angus Taylor, is now available from Broadview Press.

To what extent should (non-human) animals be regarded as members of the moral community? Should many of them be ascribed moral rights, and can our use of animals for food, clothing, and medical experimentation be rationally justified? Is animal liberation at odds with the holistic values of the environmental movement? Animals and Ethics  provides a detailed, impartial, and accessible introduction to the vigorous debate on these matters that has sprung up among philosophers in recent times. Those who read this book will be in a better position to answer these questions for themselves and to consider whether a radical reorientation of our view of animals is a necessary component of any sustainable global civilization.

“Angus Taylor’s Animals & Ethics is, quite simply, the finest text on animal ethics available. There is no other text that covers such a broad range of material with such expertise and lucidity. Taylor’s readings of the key works and thinkers in the field are not only reliable but often remarkably insightful. For any professor interested in teaching animal ethics, as well as any general reader who wishes to learn more about the central philosophical debates concerning animals, I recommend Taylor’s book without reservation.” —  Matthew Calarco, California State University, Fullerton, author of Zoographies: The Question of the Animal from Heidegger to Derrida

Read the Preface here.

Copies may be ordered here.

In progress:

Time-Space-Technics — a book explaining the historical evolution of societal systems and world views.