Jackson, Roy (2011) Overcoming Physicophobia – Forests as the Sacred Source of Our Human Origins. In: New Perspectives on People and Forests. Springer, pp. 29-38. ISBN 978-9400711495Full text not available from this repository.
Many philosophers have written about the forests and their relation to human nature. The great modern philosopher and rationalist Rene Descartes saw the forest as a realm of chaos and disorder and, therefore, alien to the ordered, rational human being. In other words, we have a “psychophobia” attitude to the forest. Yet, he believed, Man can conquer the forest and make it in Man’s image. This in many ways symbolises the Enlightenment Project; imposing mankind’s rational faculties upon the world and making use of it as a resource. Yet other philosophers, of a more Romantic bent, see the forests from a very different perspective. This chapter looks at the views of two such critics of modernity: Jean-Jacques Rousseau and Friedrich Nietzsche. While both acknowledged the value of reason as a human capacity, they also saw the importance of emotion and the spirit as part of our human make-up. Rather than “psychophobia”, we should appreciate our affinity to the forest, a “psychophilia”, which acts as an aid in connecting with human beings’ more passionate and spiritual side.
|Item Type:||Book Section|
|Uncontrolled Keywords:||REF2014 Submission|
|Subjects:||B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BL Religion
H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
|Divisions:||Schools and Research Institutes > School of Liberal and Performance Arts > Religious, Philosophical and Historical Studies|
|Research Priority Areas:||Being Human - Past, Present & Future|
|Depositing User:||Anne Pengelly|
|Date Deposited:||14 Sep 2015 13:53|
|Last Modified:||22 Jan 2016 12:29|