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Who is Michael Zimmerman?

Michael Zimmerman is Chair of the Department of Philosophy at Tulane University. He is also a Professor of Philosophy, as well as Clinical Professor of Psychology in the Department of Psychiatry in Tulane Medical School.

In the late 1970s, Zimmerman began publishing essays on environmental philosophy, and in 1983 wrote the first essay interpreting Martin Heidegger as a forerunner of Deep Ecology. In 1981, Zimmerman offered one of the first courses on environmental philosophy ever taught in the United States. During this period, he worked closely with George Sessions, one of the leading figures in the Deep Ecology Movement.

Encountering Ken Wilber's book Up From Eden in the mid-1980s was a conceptual turning point that enabled Zimmerman to appreciate the noble aspects of modernity, as well as its dark side, including Western humanity‘s tendency to dissociate itself from and to dominate the biosphere. In 1987, disclosures about the depth of Heidegger‘s relationship with National Socialism led Zimmerman to rethink not only Heidegger's thought (in Heidegger‘s Confrontation with Modernity, 1990), but Deep Ecology as well (Contesting Earth‘s Future: Radical Ecology and Postmodernity, 1994). Wilber‘s Integral Theory, especially in Sex, Ecology, and Spirituality and A Brief History of Everything, proved particularly helpful to Zimmerman in sorting out the promise and pitfalls of contemporary environmentalism. He uses these books in college courses.

In 1990, Zimmerman asked four leading eco-philosophers (J. Baird Callicott, John Clark, George Sessions, and Karen J. Warren) to join with him to publish one of the first anthologies on environmental philosophy, which will appear this summer in its fourth edition.

Michael Zimmerman and Sean Esbjorn-Hargens are co-authoring a book called Integral Ecology to be published by Integral Books/Shambhala.

Michael has appeared on Integral Naked:

The Samsara of Stuff1/30/2006
Span & Depth1/23/2006
Killing Bacteria, Is it Wrong?1/16/2006
What Does Modernity Do With Consciousness?1/9/2006
What You'll Want on Top of Cocaine Mountain1/2/2006
Individual and Social Holons11/14/2005
Integral Ecology. Part 2. Two Paths to Environmentally-Friendly Behavior.11/14/2005
We Can't Kill the Planet!10/10/2005
Michael Zimmerman: We're not in Gaia, She's in Us.9/26/2005
Perspectives and Human Worldspaces. Part 15/2/2005
Integral Ecology. Part 1. Things Are Getting Worse, Getting Better, and Are Already Perfect.5/2/2005
Perspectives and Human Worldspaces. Part 25/2/2005

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