The Ecology of Wisdom Writings by Arne Naess

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  • Copyright: 2010-06-15
  • Publisher: Counterpoint
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Modern environmentalism owes a great debt to philosopher, professor and writer Arne Naess, co-founder of the Deep Ecology movement. Here, editors Alan Drengson and Bill Devall provide a comprehensive but accessible volume of his most groundbreaking and seminal essays, which have remained influential among environmentalists to this very day. An essential anthology from one of modern environmentalism's most important and relevant voices.

Author Biography

Arne Naess was a widely celebrated Norwegian philosopher. He died in Oslo, Norway, in January 2009. Alan Drengson is emeritus professor of philosophy and adjunct professor of environmental studies at the University of Victoria in Canada. Bill Devall was emeritus professor of sociology at Humboldt State University, Arcata, California. He died in 2009.

Table of Contents

Prefacep. vii
Acknowledgmentsp. xi
Introduction: The Life and Work of Arne Naess: An Appreciative Overviewp. 3
Places in the Real World
An Example of a Place: Tvergasteinp. 45
Modesty and the Conquest of Mountainsp. 65
Avalanches as Social Constructionsp. 68
The World of Concrete Contentsp. 70
Self-Realization: An Ecological Approach to Being in the Worldp. 81
The Long-Range Deep Ecology Movement
The Three Great Movementsp. 99
The Basics of the Deep Ecology Movementp. 105
Cultural Diversity and the Deep Ecology Movementp. 120
The Place of Joy in a World of Factp. 123
Beautiful Action: Its Function in the Ecological Crisisp. 133
Lifestyle Trends Within the Deep Ecology Movementp. 140
Methodology and Systems
Reflections on Total Viewsp. 145
The Limited Neutrality of Typologies of Systemsp. 160
The Methodology of Normative Systemsp. 167
Pluralism in Cultural Anthropologyp. 181
The Principle of Intensityp. 187
Creativity and Gestalt Thinkingp. 192
Gestalt Thinking and Buddhismp. 195
Nonviolence and Gandhi, Spinoza and wholeness
Nonmilitary Defensep. 207
Gandhian Nonviolent Verbal Communication: The Necessity of Trainingp. 219
Spinoza and the Deep Ecology Movementp. 230
Through Spinoza to Mahayana Buddhism, or Through Mahayana Buddhism to Spinoza?p. 252
Freedom, Self, and Activeness, According to Spinozap. 274
Problems and Ways Forward
Industrial Society, Postmodernity, and Ecological Sustainabilityp. 279
Sustainability! The Integral Approachp. 293
Population Reduction: An Ecosophical Viewp. 302
Deep Ecology for the Twenty-Second Centuryp. 308
Notesp. 315
Bibliographyp. 326
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