• The soul of nature: celebrating the spirit of the Earth (edited book)
    with Georgianne Cowan
    Plume. 1994.
    This collection of vivid and eloquent testimonies by environmentalists, eco-theologians, and native peoples illustrates a variety of responses to the same universal question: Where are we as a species heading on this planet? Contributors include Rick Bass, Wendell Berry, Annie Dillard. Gretel Ehrlich, Barry Lopez, Peter Mattheisen, Thomas Moore, Terry Tempest Williams, and others.
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    The Hypothetical Species: Variables of Human Evolution
    with Jane Gray Morrison
    Springer Verlag. 2019.
    This book is a provocative and invigorating real-time exploration of the future of human evolution by two of the world’s leading interdisciplinary ecologists – Michael Charles Tobias and Jane Gray Morrison. Steeped in a rich multitude of the sciences and humanities, the book enshrines an elegant narrative that is highly empathetic, personal, scientifically wide-ranging and original. It focuses on the geo-positioning of the human Self and its corresponding species. The book's overarching viewpoin…Read more
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    How can the one influence the many? From posing seminal questions about what comprises a human individual, to asking whether human evolution is alive and well, favoring individuals or the species, this work is a daring, up-to-the-minute overview of an urgent, multidisciplinary premise. It explores the extent to which human history provides empirical evidence for the capacity of an individual to exert meaningful suasion over their species, and asks: Can an individual influence the survival of the…Read more
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    The Mountain Spirit
    with Harold Drasdo
    Viking Press. 1979.
    Photographs and essays by leading authorities in the field provide diverse perspectives on the aesthetics of mountains and mountain climbing.
  • A Vision of Nature: Traces of the Original World
    Kent State University Press. 1995.
    Tobias examines the ancient cultures of the Mediterranean, the ascetics of Sinai and Tibet, and the Pure Land Buddhists. He introduces the reader to the Jains of India, whose lifestyle is one of the most ecologically balanced in all of human history. In profiling various artists of 19th-century Europe and America, Tobias discovers incisive continuities among such luminaries as British poet Percy Bysshe Shelley, Austrian impressionist Emilie Mediz-Pelikan, and American intimist painters Ralph Bla…Read more
  • A Biography of Self-Consciousness
    Dissertation, University of California, Santa Cruz. 1977.