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Spirituality in the work of Theodore Roszak : implications for contemporary ecopsychology

Snell, Tristan L., Simmonds, Janette G. and Webster, R. Scott 2011, Spirituality in the work of Theodore Roszak : implications for contemporary ecopsychology, Ecopsychology, vol. 3, no. 2, pp. 105-113.

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Title Spirituality in the work of Theodore Roszak : implications for contemporary ecopsychology
Author(s) Snell, Tristan L.
Simmonds, Janette G.
Webster, R. Scott
Journal name Ecopsychology
Volume number 3
Issue number 2
Start page 105
End page 113
Total pages 9
Publisher Mary Ann Liebert, Inc.
Place of publication New Rochelle, N.Y.
Publication date 2011-06
ISSN 1942-9347
Keyword(s) spirituality
ecopsychology
Summary Despite the recent flourishing of ecopsychology research, risks may be involved if ecopsychology remains a loosely defined paradigm. We suggest that drawing from some of the central themes of Theodore Roszak’s The Voice of the Earth (1992), a seminal text of ecopsychology, may help to elucidate the unique contribution of ecopsychology and its sustained relevance for environmentally focused psychologies. To provide a comprehensive review, we consider The Voice of the Earth by placing this text in the context of Roszak’s broader body of literature, discussing his earlier and more recent works. We particularly focus on the theme of spiritual experience throughout Roszak’s literature, as we believe that this is one of the more unique and important aspects of his work that has implications for the future development of ecopsychology as a paradigm and social movement. In conclusion, we suggest that Roszak’s emphasis on the value of a spiritual or animistic experience of nature, as a means of fostering empathy toward the natural world, may assist in providing meaningful focus to contemporary ecopsychology.
Language eng
Field of Research 229999 Philosophy and Religious Studies not elsewhere classified
Socio Economic Objective 950499 Religion and Ethics not elsewhere classified
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
HERDC collection year 2011
Copyright notice ©2011, Mary Ann Liebert, Inc.
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30045295

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