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Sam Mickey; Mary Evelyn Tucker; John Grim

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  • English

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286 pages (xxxviii+248)


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Hardback156 x 24 x 234 mm(6.14" x 0.94" x 9.21")


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  • RNA
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  • SCI019000
  • SCI026000
  • SCI042000
  • SOC026040


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  • Earth
  • environment
  • scholars
  • ecosystems
  • ecological knowledge
  • scientific knowledge
  • ecological crisis
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Living Earth Community

Multiple Ways of Being and Knowing

  • Sam Mickey (editor)
  • Mary Evelyn Tucker (editor)
  • John Grim (editor)
Living Earth Community: Multiple Ways of Being and Knowing is a celebration of the diversity of ways in which humans can relate to the world around them, and an invitation to its readers to partake in planetary coexistence. Innovative, informative, and highly accessible, this interdisciplinary anthology of essays brings together scholars, writers and educators across the sciences and humanities, in a collaborative effort to illuminate the different ways of being in the world and the different kinds of knowledge they entail – from the ecological knowledge of Indigenous communities, to the scientific knowledge of a biologist and the embodied knowledge communicated through storytelling.

This anthology examines the interplay between Nature and Culture in the setting of our current age of ecological crisis, stressing the importance of addressing these ecological crises occurring around the planet through multiple perspectives. These perspectives are exemplified through diverse case studies – from the political and ethical implications of thinking with forests, to the capacity of storytelling to motivate action, to the worldview of the Indigenous Okanagan community in British Columbia.

Living Earth Community: Multiple Ways of Being and Knowing synthesizes insights from across a range of academic fields, and highlights the potential for synergy between disciplinary approaches and inquiries. This anthology is essential reading not only for researchers and students, but for anyone interested in the ways in which humans interact with the community of life on Earth, especially during this current period of environmental emergency.


Living Earth Community is a gift to the bewildered world. It asks the most urgent and crucial question of our time: what worldview will supplant the materialist, dualist, narcissist paradigm that has led the world to the edge of devastation? This book seeks answers from wise and creative thinkers who find remarkable new ideas in the confluence of ecological, religious, and Indigenous traditions. If you are looking for reasons to believe that humans can find a way through the unfolding catastrophe, this is your book, your hope, your answer.

Kathleen Dean Moore

author of Great Tide Rising: Toward Clarity and Moral Courage in a Time of Planetary Change


This book makes essential connections for understanding how humans may interact with all of life on Earth, especially in the face of rapid global climate change.

J. B. Richardson III, emeritus, University of Pittsburgh

Choice Connect (0009-4978), vol. 58, no. 8, 2021.

Table of Contents



Notes on the Contributors


Sam Mickey

Introduction: Ways of Knowing, Ways of Valuing Nature

John Grim and Mary Evelyn Tucker

Section I: Presences in the More-Than-Human World
1. Creaturely Migrations on a Breathing Planet: Some Reflections

David Abram

2. Learning a Dead Birdsong: Hopes' echoEscape.1 in 'The Place Where You Go to Listen'

Julianne Lutz Warren

3. Humilities, Animalities, and Self-Actualizations in a Living Earth Community

Paul Waldau

Section II: Thinking in Latin American Forests

4. Anthropology as Cosmic Diplomacy: Toward an Ecological Ethics for Times of Environmental Fragmentation

Eduardo Kohn

5. Reanimating the World: Amazonian Shamanism

Frédérique Apffel-Marglin

6. The Obligations of a Biologist and Eden No More

Thomas E. Lovejoy

Section III: Practices from Contemporary Asian Traditions and Ecology

7. Fluid Histories: Oceans as Metaphor and the Nature of History

Prasenjit Duara

8. Affectual Insight: Love as a Way of Being and Knowing

David L. Haberman

9. Confucian Cosmology and Ecological Ethics: Qi, Li, and the Role of the Human

Mary Evelyn Tucker

Section IV: Storytelling: Blending Ecology and Humanities

10. Contemplative Studies of the 'Natural' World Download

David Haskell

11. Science, Storytelling, and Students: The National Geographic Society's On Campus Initiative

Timothy Brown

12. Listening for Coastal Futures: The Conservatory Project

Willis Jenkins

13. Imaginal Ecology

Brooke Williams

Section V: Relationships of Resilience within Indigenous Lands

14. An Okanagan Worldview of Society

Jeannette Armstrong

15. Indigenous Language Resurgence and the Living Earth Community

Mark Turin

16. Sensing, Minding, and Creating

John Grim

17. Land, Indigeneity, and Hybrid Ontologies

Paul Burow, Samara Brock, Download and Michael Dove

Section VI: The Weave of Earth and Cosmos

18. Gaia and a Second Axial Age

Sean Kelly

19. The Human Quest to Live in a Cosmos

Heather Eaton

20. Learning to Weave Earth and Cosmos

Mitchell Thomashow

List of Illustration


About the team


Sam Mickey

Adjunct Professor in the Theology and Religious Studies department and the Environmental Studies at University of San Francisco

Mary Evelyn Tucker

Co-director of the Forum on Religion and Ecology at Yale University

John Grim

Senior Lecturer and Research Scholar at Yale University
Co-director of the Forum on Religion and Ecology at Yale University