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Cooper, David E. (David Edward) 1942-

Works: 55 works in 570 publications in 7 languages and 21,360 library holdings
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Most widely held works by David E Cooper
The Environment in question : ethics and global issues by David E Cooper( )

23 editions published between 1986 and 1995 in English and held by 2,127 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This book introduces the student to the key environmental debates. By addressing specific global problems and placing them within an ethical context, the collection provides the reader with both a theoretical and practical understanding of environmental issues. The contributors are internationally-known figures drawn from the various disciplines which bear upon these issues, e.g. geography, psychology, social policy and philosophy. The contributors range from those tackling individual concrete issues (such as nuclear waste and the threat to the rain forest) to those addressing matters of policy, principle and attitude (such as our obligations to future generations and the nature of technological risk). The Environment in Question is designed as a text for students of philosophy, environmental science, environmental education, ecology and teacher education. It can be used as an inter-disciplinary, self-contained course book or in conjunction with relevant material.; In addition, as the previously unpublished essays which constitute the volume directly and controversially address current environmental debates in a non-technical manner, it is of great interest both to professionals in those areas and to readers who care about the planet's future. The substantial cross-section of concerns and approaches will enable all readers to develop the necessary level of understanding required to initiate and sustain debate on enviromental issues
A philosophy of gardens by David E Cooper( )

26 editions published between 2006 and 2015 in English and Italian and held by 1,818 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Why do gardens matter so much and mean so much to people? That is the intriguing question to which David Cooper seeks an answer in this book. Given the enthusiasm for gardens in human civilization ancient and modern, Eastern and Western, it is surprising that the question has been so long neglected by modern philosophy. Now at last there is a philosophy of gardens. Not only is this a fascinating subject in its own right, it also provides a reminder that the subject-matter of aesthetics is broader than the fine arts; that ethics is not just about moral issues but about 'the good life'; and that environmental philosophy should not focus only on 'wilderness' to the exclusion of the humanly shaped environment. David Cooper identifies garden appreciation as a special human phenomenon distinct from both from the appreciation of art and the appreciation of nature. He explores the importance of various 'garden-practices' and shows how not only gardening itself, but activities to which the garden especially lends itself, including social and meditative activities, contribute to the good life. And he distinguishes the many kinds of meanings that gardens may have, from representation of nature to emotional expression, from historical significance to symbolization of a spiritual relationship to the world. Building on the familiar observation that, among human beings' creations, the garden is peculiarly dependent on the co-operation of nature, Cooper argues that the garden matters as an epiphany of an intimate co-dependence between human creative activity in the world and the 'mystery' that allows there to be a world for them at all"--Publisher description
Meaning by David E Cooper( )

24 editions published between 2003 and 2014 in English and held by 1,730 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Meaning is one of our most central and most ubiquitous concepts. Anything at all may, in suitable contexts, have meaning ascribed to it. In this wide-ranging book, David Cooper departs from the usual focus on linguistic meaning to discuss how works of art, ceremony, social action, bodily gesture, and the purpose of life can all be meaningful. He argues that the notion of meaning is best approached by considering what we accept as explanations of meaning in everyday practice and shows that in these situations we are explaining the appropriate fit of an item - whether a word or an artwork - with
Just environments : intergenerational, international, and interspecies issues by Joy A Palmer-Cooper( )

17 editions published in 1995 in English and held by 1,657 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Can we do what we want with other species? How do conflicting international interests effect global issues? What do we owe the next generation? Just Environments investigates these questions and the ethics which lie at their core
Fifty major thinkers on education : from Confucius to Dewey by Joy A Palmer-Cooper( Book )

27 editions published between 2001 and 2016 in English and Spanish and held by 1,498 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Why and how people should be educated has, throughout history, preoccupied some of civilization's greatest minds. This work summarizes and analyzes the thinking on education of fifty individuals drawn from a time span covering 500 BC to the nineteenth century. Each essay gives biographical information, an outline of the individual's principal achievements and activities, and assessment of his or her impact and influence, a list of their major writings and suggested further reading
Fifty modern thinkers on education : from Piaget to the present day by Joy A Palmer-Cooper( Book )

26 editions published between 2001 and 2010 in English and held by 1,467 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Looks at fifty of the twentieth century's most significant contributors to the debate on education. Each essay gives key biographical information, an outline of the individual's principal achievements and activities, an assessment of his or her impact and influence and a list of their major writings and suggested further reading
Existentialism : a reconstruction by David E Cooper( Book )

30 editions published between 1990 and 2008 in English and Undetermined and held by 1,056 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

First published in 1990," Existentialism" is widely regarded as a classic introductory survey of the topic, and has helped to renew interest in existentialist philosophy. Utilizing recently published primary sources, David E. Cooper provides a sympathetic, original account of a mainstream movement of philosophical thought, reconstructed from the best writing of Heidegger, Sartre, Merleau-Ponty and others. Existentialism is viewed as the attempt to"overcome" various forms of alienation: from the world, one another and oneself. The early chapters describe the existential phenomenology, on the basis of which the dualisms of Cartesian metaphysics are "dissolved." Discussions of the self and others, and of "Angst" and absurdity, lead into chapters on existential freedom and the prospects for an existentialist ethics. Writers discussed include Husserl, Jaspers, Buber, Marcel, and Ortega. -- Description from (April 24, 2012)
A Companion to aesthetics by David E Cooper( Book )

56 editions published between 1985 and 2009 in English and Polish and held by 953 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The second half of the twentieth century has seen a huge revival of interest in aesthetics as an area of mainstream philosophical enquiry. in recent decades, the debate has moved from traditional considerations of 'beauty' and 'truth' into questions of the nature of representation and resemblance, and the very definition of a work of art. An increasing appreciation of continental philosophy in the English-speaking world has also been a major influence: the 'hermeneutic' discussions of Heidegger and Gadamer, for example, have reassessed the nature of interpretation and the role of art as a vehicle of truth, while structuralist and poststructuralist writers have brought the relationship of artists and audiences to texts and other artworks into problematic prominence. This Companion provides a guide to the whole field of aesthetics within the framework of an alphabetically arranged volume. It is both a work of reference and an in-depth examination of the best thinking about the arts at the end of the twentieth century. The 130 articles in the book survey the most significant concepts, problems, movements and authors in the philosophy of art, documenting new directions of enquiry as well as traditional topics such as catharsis and the sublime. Extensive bibliographies are provided throughout, and there Is also a comprehensive Index
World philosophies : an historical introduction by David E Cooper( Book )

27 editions published between 1995 and 2003 in English and Undetermined and held by 948 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"From ancient philosophy to postmodernism, this new work is the most authoritative and up-to-date single-volume introduction to the history of Eastern and Western philosophy. These philosophical systems are viewed as attempts, above all, to provide integrated accounts of the place of human beings within the wider order of things, and to determine in the light of these philosophies the proper conduct of human life." "This timely and authoritative work will serve as the ideal introduction to philosophy, in all areas of the history of philosophy, Western and non-Western."--Jacket
Philosophy and the nature of language by David E Cooper( Book )

30 editions published between 1972 and 1987 in English and Japanese and held by 822 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The measure of things : humanism, humility, and mystery by David E Cooper( )

29 editions published between 2002 and 2012 in English and held by 804 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Outlines the history of humanism from medieval times to the present discussing prominent philosophers from the past, and settles the rivalry between humanism and absolutism by arguing that both sides are guilty of a lack of humility. The author further maintains that there is a "doctrine of mystery" that draws upon the Buddhist conception of "emptiness" and the writings of Heidegger and that must be considered when discussing human beliefs and conduct
Education, values, and mind : essays for R.S. Peters by David Cooper( Book )

20 editions published between 1986 and 2012 in English and held by 553 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Discusses different subjects that range from political education to the education of the emotions, and from motivation to the training of teachers
Illusions of equality by David E Cooper( Book )

20 editions published between 1980 and 2012 in English and held by 505 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Educational policy and discussion, in Britain and the USA, are increasingly dominated by the confused ideology of egalitarianism. This book identifies the principles hidden among the confusions, and argues that these necessarily conflict with the ideal of educational excellence - in which conflict it is this ideal that must be preserved
Metaphor by David E Cooper( Book )

17 editions published between 1986 and 1989 in 3 languages and held by 502 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Heidegger by David E Cooper( Book )

9 editions published between 1996 and 1998 in English and held by 499 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Yet, despite voluminous commentaries, there has been no satisfactory introduction to his thought that will enable the ordinary reader to see why it is so important, or to separate those aspects of it which are genuinely useful from those which are obfuscated, fraudulent or downright dangerous. In this introduction, Professor David Cooper covers all of Heidegger's writings. With clear philosophical judgement, Cooper guides the reader through the novel concepts of Heideggerian metaphysics, explores the arguments used to introduce them and casts a critical eye over the whole philosophy
Spirit of the environment : religion, value, and environmental concern by David E Cooper( Book )

14 editions published between 1998 and 2012 in English and held by 498 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

There are many people today for whom the most important questions about human beings' relationship to the natural world do not easily fit under such labels as 'scientific', 'ecological', or even 'moral'. For some people, the most central questions belong to religion-such as 'Was nature created by God for our use?', and if so, are there limits to our justifiable use of it? For other, not necessarily religious people, it is nevertheless the spiritual aspects of nature which should be a central dimension of environmental thinking. Spirit of the Environment examines the environmental attitudes of the major religions and on other important traditions of religious thought, such as pantheism. Also, there are chapters on art and nature, nature as a source and object of wonder, the Gaia hypothesis and on non-instrumental values which have inspired environmental concern. The contributors to Spirit of the Environment come from a variety of disciplines including philosophy, comparative religion, education and social anthropology. Some are commentating on religious or spiritual traditions while others propose new ways in which our relationship to nature might be regarded.; Some reflect on central concepts which shape our thinking about that relationship, while others draw on empirical research to challenge familiar views about people's environmental attitudes. Spirit of the Environment is designed as a textbook for courses in environmental studies, education, philosophy and religious studies, where study of the environment is not limited to examining the efficient utilisation of the environment, but includes reflection on nature as the source and object of deep human aspirations. His Holiness Bartolomeus, Ecumencial Patriarch of Constantinople, Purushottama Bilimoria, Deakin University, Australia, Stephen R.L
Authenticity and learning : Nietzsche's educational philosophy by David E Cooper( Book )

11 editions published between 1983 and 2012 in English and held by 458 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

David Cooper elucidates Nietzsche's educational views in detail, in a form that will be of value to educationalists as well as philosophers. In this title, he shows how these views relate to the rest of Nietzsche's work and to modern European and Anglo-Saxon philosophical concerns
Knowledge of language by David E Cooper( Book )

12 editions published in 1975 in English and held by 431 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Convergence with nature : a Daoist perspective by David E Cooper( )

4 editions published between 2011 and 2012 in English and held by 372 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"In this book David E. Cooper explores our relationship to nature - to animals, to plants, to natural places - and asks how it can be shaped into an appropriate one which contributes to the good of people's lives as a whole. Religions and philosophies have much to say about our relationship with nature, and Chinese Daoist philosophy has long been regarded as among those most sympathetic to the natural world. Daoists seek an attunement to the Dao (the Way) which is characterized by a sense of flow (water being a favourite metaphor), spontaneity, non-interference, humility and patience - virtues which contrast with the aggressive and exploitative values which characterize a modern world increasingly subject to economic imperatives. Like the best of contemporary nature writing, the classic Daoist texts reveal a yearning for convergence with nature, nostalgia for a lost intimacy with the natural world, disillusion with humanity or its products, and a feeling for nature's mystery. The author explains how these attitudes are rooted in Daoist philosophy and explores their implications for our practical engagement with natural environments. He discusses, too, a number of ethical issues - including hunting, intensive farming, and environmental activism - that reflective people need to address in their efforts to heal our relationship with the Earth."--Publisher information
Presupposition by David E Cooper( Book )

15 editions published between 1974 and 2002 in 3 languages and held by 346 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

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The Environment in question : ethics and global issues
A philosophy of gardensMeaningJust environments : intergenerational, international, and interspecies issuesFifty major thinkers on education : from Confucius to DeweyFifty modern thinkers on education : from Piaget to the present dayExistentialism : a reconstructionA Companion to aestheticsWorld philosophies : an historical introduction
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