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Biophilia

by E. O. Wilson
Cambridge (MA): Harvard University Press, 1984. 157 pages.

Biophilia, Wilson writes, “I will be so bold as to define as the innate tendency to focus on life and lifelike processes. ... I will make the case that to explore and affiliate with life is a deep and complicated process in mental development. To an extent still undervalued in philosophy and religion, our existence depends on this propensity, our spirit is woven from it, hope rises on its currents.” “Wilson’s own empathy with things illuminates these essays with fresh perceptions of everyday matters,” writes the reviewer for the Los Angeles Times. “They are masterpieces of prose style.”