Nature Nostalgia and the City

John J. McDermott

in The Drama of Possibility

Published by Fordham University Press

Published in print June 2007 | ISBN: 9780823226627
Published online March 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780823235704 | DOI:

Series: American Philosophy

Nature Nostalgia and the               City

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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

Chapter.  7017 words. 

Subjects: Philosophy

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