Humanity’s Spiritual Crisis as the Root Cause of the Ecological Challenge

  • Victor I. Danilov-Danil’yan
  • Igor E. Reyf


Humans and nature: obtaining independence or losing a friend?—Psychology of a conqueror—The renaissance revolution in worldviews—A mindset that leaves nature “out in the cold”—Degradation of nature; degradation of man—“Nature first died in people’s souls and minds”—Destruction of a destroyer.


Anthropocentrism Rational consciousness Modernity Scientific progress Science as religion Moral degradation Consumer relationship with nature Conflict with nature 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Victor I. Danilov-Danil’yan
    • 1
  • Igor E. Reyf
    • 2
  1. 1.Correspondent Member of Russian Academy of SciencesDirector of the Water Problems Institute of RASMoscowRussia
  2. 2.Freelance Journalist/WriterFrankfurt am MainGermany

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