Life's Philosophy: Reason and Feeling in a Deeper World

Life's Philosophy: Reason and Feeling in a Deeper World

by Arne Naess, Per Ivar Haukeland
     
 

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ISBN-10: 0820324183

ISBN-13: 9780820324180

Pub. Date: 08/28/2002

Publisher: University of Georgia Press

Now available in English for the first time, Norwegian philosopher Arne Naess's meditation on the art of living is an exhortation to preserve the environment and biodiversity. As Naess approaches his ninetieth year, he offers a bright and bold perspective on the power of feelings to move us away from ecological and cultural degradation toward sound, future-focused

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Now available in English for the first time, Norwegian philosopher Arne Naess's meditation on the art of living is an exhortation to preserve the environment and biodiversity. As Naess approaches his ninetieth year, he offers a bright and bold perspective on the power of feelings to move us away from ecological and cultural degradation toward sound, future-focused policy and action.

Naess acknowledges the powerlessness of the intellect without the heart, and, like Thoreau before him, he rejects the Cartesian notion of mind-body separation. He advocates instead for the integration of reason and emotion--a combination Naess believes will inspire us to make changes for the better. Playful and serious, this is a guidebook for finding our way on a planet wrecked by the harmful effects of consumption, population growth, commodification, technology, and globalization. It is sure to mobilize today's philosophers, environmentalists, policy makers, and the general public into seeking--with whole hearts rather than with superficial motives--more effective and timelier solutions.

Naess's style is reflective and anecdotal as he shares stories and details from his rich and long life. With characteristic goodwill, wit, and wisdom, he denounces our unsustainable actions while simultaneously demonstrating the unsurpassed wonder, beauty, and possibility our world offers, and ultimately shows us that there is always reason for hope, that everyone is a potential ally in our fight for the future.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780820324180
Publisher:
University of Georgia Press
Publication date:
08/28/2002
Pages:
216
Product dimensions:
5.90(w) x 8.40(h) x 0.90(d)

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Table of Contents

Forewordix
Prefacexi
Introductionxiii
1Life Seen as an Open Landscape1
2How Do You Feel Yourself and the World?20
3On Imagination, Research--and Petty Rationality51
4Reason and Feeling Are Interactive74
5A Feeling for All Living Beings92
6How Does Our Emotional Life Mature?117
7You Can Learn Properly Only What Engages Your Feelings139
8The Art of Living: To Do Little Things in a Big Way160

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