Philosophical work by John Scanlan examining the concept of garbage in western culture. In this unique and original work the author shows why garbage is, perversely, the source of all that is valuable. The author considers how Western philosophy, science and technology attained mastery over nature through what can be seen as a prolonged act of cleansing, the disposal of incorrect, outmoded or superseded knowledge. By detailing the waste, ruin and nonsense that we have discarded, the author argues that we can learn new things about the accepted truths and basic building blocks of our culture; he throws new light on our modern condition by examining not what we have kept, but what we have thrown away. On Garbage shows that disposal causes not only the mountains of rubbish that we occasionally believe threatens to overwhelm us; it also creates a host of other 'garbage', particularly in the dead ends of useless knowledge and the often abject reality of our disposable lives. This bold and thought-provoking work will be of interest to readers in areas as diverse as cultural studies and social theory, the histories of philosophy, public health and the environment, as well as those interested in the aesthetics of contemporary art. Book in fair condition, indentations on cover and edges of pages, minor creasing of corners. Pages in good condition. Crease down spine. Sound binding. Paperback.