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The Drama of PossibilityExperience as Philosophy of Culture$
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John J. McDermott and Douglas R. Anderson

Print publication date: 2007

Print ISBN-13: 9780823226627

Published to Fordham Scholarship Online: March 2011

DOI: 10.5422/fso/9780823226627.001.0001

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Nature Nostalgia and the City

Nature Nostalgia and the City

An American Dilemma

(p.167) Chapter Eight Nature Nostalgia and the City
The Drama of Possibility

John J. McDermott

Fordham University Press

This chapter presents an essay on the generalizations about American culture and nature nostalgia. It proposes the generalization that the American urban man has been seduced by nature. This means that the urban man, at his deepest level of consciousness, functions on behalf of nature metaphors, nature expectancies, and nostalgia for an experience of nature. This situation has significant implications for contemporary philosophy. One is that Americans are blocked from understanding the dramatic and necessary conflict with nature and the other is the failure to recognize the limitations and strengths of the present urban context on its own terms, rather than as a function of the absence of nature.

Keywords:   American culture, nature, nostalgia, urban man, essay

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