Ecopsychology

Writings


My main writing is the book Radical Ecopsychology: Psychology in the Service of Life, 2nd ed. (State University of New York Press, 2013). More details on the book are available here. For the second edition I wrote a lengthy new chapter in which I reflect on how the the field has developed since the book was first published in 2002. This chapter gives a good picture of my current thinking and an update on the field as a whole. Although there have been a number of positive developments in the last decade, I believe ecopsychology still needs to catch up with its own radicalness.


For those who have access to the Ecopsychology journal, I wrote a lengthy article for the fall 2013 issue (Vol. 5, No. 3): "Ecopsychology at the Crossroads: Contesting the Nature of a Field." In this article I advance my "radical" interepretation of the field and challenge the "second-generation" framing of ecopsychology, which I view as a mainstreaming of the field.


I offer a related discussion of the first-generation/second-generation schism in the article: “Clarifying the Challenges: A Response to Zhiwa Woodbury’s Review and Response to Radical Ecopsychology: Psychology in the Service of Life (2nd Ed.), by Andy Fisher.” Ecopsychology, 5 (2013), 158-162


A good introduction to my approach to ecopsychology is the chapter "What Is Ecopsychology? A Radical View," in the book Ecopsychology: Science, Totems, and the Technological Species, ed. Peter Kahn, Jr. and Patrica Hasbach (Cambridge, Mass.: MIT Press, 2012). This is another effort on my part to distinguish ecopsychology from mainstream approaches to the human-nature relationship by highlighting what is unique and radical about ecopsychology.


A shorter introduction to my approach is the chapter “Ecopsychology as Radical Praxis,” in Ecotherapy: Healing with Nature in Mind, ed. Linda Buzzell and Craig Chalquist (Sierra Club, 2009). This book is a follow-up to the ecopsychology reader Ecopsychology: Restoring the Earth, Healing the Mind, edited by Roszak, Gomes, and Kanner (Sierra Club, 1995).


I am slowly working on a second book, tentatively entitled The Society of Nature: An Ecopsychological Vision of Humans, Nature, and Society. I am also sketching out a text book, Invitation to Ecopsychology.


Other articles I have written include the following:

Fisher, Andy. “To Praise Again: Phenomenology and the Project of Ecopsychology.” Spring Journal 75 (2006): 153-174.

Fisher, Andy. “Ecopsychology.” Encyclopedia of Religion and Nature, ed. Bron Taylor and Jeffrey Kaplan. Bristol: Continuum, 2005.

Fisher, Andy. “Toward a More Radical Ecopsychology.” Alternatives Journal 22.3 (1996): 20-26.


 


Teaching


I teach an annual intensive course on ecopsychology at the University of Vermont. Details on the course can be found here.


In 2013, I taught a course on Radical Ecopsychology at Schumacher College, and hope to teach there again.


This fall (2013), I will be teaching a course on radical ecopsychology for the just-launched Viridis Graduate Institute, which offers interdisciplinary programs in ecopsychology and sustainability.


In 2011, I also started teaching ecopsychology long-distance to an individual who approached me about tailoring a course to fit her situation and interests. This has gone very well, so I am happy to offer such customized teaching to others (for a reasonable fee). I even have a webcam. If you have any interest, please send me an email.


I furthermore plan to offer courses out of Jill’s and my house in Brooke Valley, when the time is right. I think the production of knowledge will in the coming decades be an increasingly local or regional activity. I am hoping to experiment with new forms of education in this regard.