Some forty years ago a young British journalist, Anne Chisholm, wrote a book entitled Philosophers of the Earth. It recorded her conversations with a number of important ecologists, such as Fraser Darling, Charles Elton, Edward Wilson and Barry Commoner. Yet Chisholm began her book with these words:

“Of all the wise men whose thinking and writing over the years has helped to prepare the ground for the environmental revolution, Lewis Mumford, the American philosopher and writer, must be pre-eminent.”

Indeed, Chisholm prefaced her book with a quotation from Mumford: “All thinking ...


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