Is It Painful to Think?: Conversations with Arne Naess


This is the compelling story of one of the most fascinating thinkers of the twentieth century- a richly toned portrait of a modern-day Thoreau.
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This is the compelling story of one of the most fascinating thinkers of the twentieth century- a richly toned portrait of a modern-day Thoreau.
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The 80-year old Norwegian philosopher and deep ecologist agreed to interviews with Rothenberg about his life and views. Transcribed, they convey an intimate sense of the man and his thinking. His answer to the title question: yes, but it is a suffering that must not be shirked. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780816621521
  • Publisher: University of Minnesota Press
  • Publication date: 12/28/1992
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 248
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

David Rothenberg

David Rothenberg-philosopher and musician-is the author of Why Birds Sing, which has been published in six languages and turned into a TV documentary by the BBC; Sudden Music; Hand’s End; and Always the Mountains. His articles have appeared in Parabola, Orion, The Nation, Wired, Dwell, Kyoto Journal, and Sierra. He is the founding editor of the Terra Nova journal and book series.

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Table of Contents

Preface: Why Trust the Pain?
Introduction: From Science to the Self
I Childhood and the Distance 1
II The Mind and the Circle 21
III Rats in California 41
IV The Cabin of Crossed Stones 57
V Inspiration and Possibility 83
VI Resist Totality! 102
VII Defining the Deep 126
VIII Seeing the World Anew 152
IX On Thin Ice 169
Epilogue: A Walk in the World of Joy 189
Selected Works by Arne Naess 193
Works About Or Influenced by Arne Naess 197
Index 201
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