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Utsikter från ett berg: Elisée Reclus, människan & naturen

Hultqvist, Emma LU (2018) ILHK02 20172
Division of History of Ideas and Sciences
Abstract
Which question is more pressing today than the ongoing environmental destruction and the renegotiation of the relationship between man and nature that needs to follow? An early critic of this destruction of nature by the hand of man was the French 19th century geographer Elisée Reclus. Since Reclus was a politically active anarchist, well known in his day, most often only his political ideas are examined. In doing so, other aspects of his ideas are often overlooked.

The purpose of this study is to examine how Reclus writes about nature, specifically in relation to mankind. I relate his writings to the larger ideas of romanticism and modernity to see how these ideas reflect the ideas in Reclus’ works. In doing this, I wish to not only... (More)
Which question is more pressing today than the ongoing environmental destruction and the renegotiation of the relationship between man and nature that needs to follow? An early critic of this destruction of nature by the hand of man was the French 19th century geographer Elisée Reclus. Since Reclus was a politically active anarchist, well known in his day, most often only his political ideas are examined. In doing so, other aspects of his ideas are often overlooked.

The purpose of this study is to examine how Reclus writes about nature, specifically in relation to mankind. I relate his writings to the larger ideas of romanticism and modernity to see how these ideas reflect the ideas in Reclus’ works. In doing this, I wish to not only get a deeper understanding of his works, but also see the larger nuances of how these ideas from these two periods can be used to either advocate or condemn man’s influence on the earth. After a brief presentation of Reclus and his works I present the historical context for the study, the ideas about nature in romanticism and modernity. The material for the following analysis is Reclus’ works: The atmosphere, ocean and life, The history of a mountain, Concerning the awareness of nature in modern society, The extended family, On vegetarianism and The progress of mankind. The conclusion of the study is that Reclus is influenced by both romanticism and modernity. He combines romantic ideas about man as the conscience of the earth with ideas connected to modernity, such as the idea of progress and man’s enlightenment. (Less)
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Hultqvist, Emma LU
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ILHK02 20172
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M2 - Bachelor Degree
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Elisée Reclus, History of ideas, man’s relationship with nature, modernity, romanticism, idé- och lärdomshistoria, människans relation till naturen, modernitet, romantik
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Swedish
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8934611
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2018-05-16 14:55:54
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  abstract     = {Which question is more pressing today than the ongoing environmental destruction and the renegotiation of the relationship between man and nature that needs to follow? An early critic of this destruction of nature by the hand of man was the French 19th century geographer Elisée Reclus. Since Reclus was a politically active anarchist, well known in his day, most often only his political ideas are examined. In doing so, other aspects of his ideas are often overlooked.

The purpose of this study is to examine how Reclus writes about nature, specifically in relation to mankind. I relate his writings to the larger ideas of romanticism and modernity to see how these ideas reflect the ideas in Reclus’ works. In doing this, I wish to not only get a deeper understanding of his works, but also see the larger nuances of how these ideas from these two periods can be used to either advocate or condemn man’s influence on the earth. After a brief presentation of Reclus and his works I present the historical context for the study, the ideas about nature in romanticism and modernity. The material for the following analysis is Reclus’ works: The atmosphere, ocean and life, The history of a mountain, Concerning the awareness of nature in modern society, The extended family, On vegetarianism and The progress of mankind. The conclusion of the study is that Reclus is influenced by both romanticism and modernity. He combines romantic ideas about man as the conscience of the earth with ideas connected to modernity, such as the idea of progress and man’s enlightenment.},
  author       = {Hultqvist, Emma},
  keyword      = {Elisée Reclus,History of ideas,man’s relationship with nature,modernity,romanticism,idé- och lärdomshistoria,människans relation till naturen,modernitet,romantik},
  language     = {swe},
  note         = {Student Paper},
  title        = {Utsikter från ett berg: Elisée Reclus, människan & naturen},
  year         = {2018},
}