The Ecology of Wisdom: Writings by Arne Naess

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Modern environmentalism owes a great debt to philosopher, professor, and writer Arne Naess, cofounder of the Deep Ecology movement. Here, editors Alan Drengson and Bill Devall provide a comprehensive yet accessible volume of Naess’s most groundbreaking and seminal essays, which have remained influential among environmentalists to this day.
Drawing from influences as diverse as Eastern religious practices, Gandhian nonviolent direct action, and Spinozan unity systems, Naess’s ...
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Overview


Modern environmentalism owes a great debt to philosopher, professor, and writer Arne Naess, cofounder of the Deep Ecology movement. Here, editors Alan Drengson and Bill Devall provide a comprehensive yet accessible volume of Naess’s most groundbreaking and seminal essays, which have remained influential among environmentalists to this day.
Drawing from influences as diverse as Eastern religious practices, Gandhian nonviolent direct action, and Spinozan unity systems, Naess’s writing calls for cooperative action to protect the earth on which we dwell, encouraging individuals and communities to develop their own distinctive “ecosophies.”
These writings, full of Naess’s characteristic enthusiasm, wit, and spiritual fascination with nature, provide a look into the remarkable philosophical underpinnings of his own social and ecological activism, as well as an inspiration for all those looking to follow in his footsteps. This is an essential anthology from one of modern environmentalism’s most important and relevant voices.
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“[A] well-written, thought provoking set of works from a man who is a national hero of sorts in Norway, but has yet to really make his mark here in the United States. With luck, this collection will help to change that . . . The essays written with a particularly light-hearted, even playful, tone still manage to get their point across and are a cause for reflection by the reader.” —Elephant Journal

The Ecology of Wisdom only hints at the breadth and power of [Naess’s] thought . . . At a time when the environment hangs in the balance and it’s tempting to give in to despair, these sturdy, hopeful writings from an ecological philosopher and peace activist are more necessary than ever.” —Orion

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781582435923
  • Publisher: Counterpoint Press
  • Publication date: 6/15/2010
  • Pages: 352
  • Sales rank: 1,443,973
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Table of Contents


Preface   Alan Drengson   Bill Devall     vii
Acknowledgments     xi
Introduction: The Life and Work of Arne Naess: An Appreciative Overview by Alan Drengson     3
Places in the Real World
An Example of a Place: Tvergastein     45
Modesty and the Conquest of Mountains     65
Avalanches as Social Constructions     68
The World of Concrete Contents     70
Self-Realization: An Ecological Approach to Being in the World     81
The Long-Range Deep Ecology Movement
The Three Great Movements     99
The Basics of the Deep Ecology Movement     105
Cultural Diversity and the Deep Ecology Movement     120
The Place of Joy in a World of Fact     123
Beautiful Action: Its Function in the Ecological Crisis     133
Lifestyle Trends Within the Deep Ecology Movement     140
Methodology and Systems
Reflections on Total Views     145
The Limited Neutrality of Typologies of Systems     160
The Methodology of Normative Systems     167
Pluralism in Cultural Anthropology     181
The Principle of Intensity     187
Creativity and Gestalt Thinking     192
Gestalt Thinking and Buddhism     195
Nonviolence and Gandhi, Spinoza and Wholeness
Nonmilitary Defense     207
Gandhian Nonviolent Verbal Communication: The Necessity of Training     219
Spinoza and the Deep Ecology Movement     230
Through Spinoza to Mahayana Buddhism, or Through Mahayana Buddhism to Spinoza?     252
Freedom, Self, and Activeness, According to Spinoza     274
Problems and Ways Forward
Industrial Society, Postmodernity, and Ecological Sustainability     279
Sustainability! The Integral Approach     293
Population Reduction: An Ecosophical View     302
Deep Ecology for the Twenty-Second Century     308
Notes     315
Bibliography     326
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