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The Wakeful World: Animism, Mind and the Self in Nature
     

The Wakeful World: Animism, Mind and the Self in Nature

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by Emma Restall Orr
 

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Over the past few hundred years, animism has been dismissed as a primitive, naïve and irrational perspective, irrelevant within the civilised West. In The Wakeful World, Emma Restall Orr argues that this is based on the misrepresentation, drawn in crayon, that each tree and stone has its own Christian-like immortal soul. Taking the reader on a philosophical

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Over the past few hundred years, animism has been dismissed as a primitive, naïve and irrational perspective, irrelevant within the civilised West. In The Wakeful World, Emma Restall Orr argues that this is based on the misrepresentation, drawn in crayon, that each tree and stone has its own Christian-like immortal soul. Taking the reader on a philosophical adventure, Restall Orr explores the heritage of Western thought with precision, enthusiasm and sensitivity, considering how soul, spirit, mind and consciousness have been understood through millennia. Challenging the prevailing worldviews of materialism and dualism, she presents animism as a radically different, yet mature and coherent philosophy. Providing deep green ethics with a wholly rational metaphysical foundation, The Wakeful World is a compelling view of the nature of existence and the experience of reality, giving solid ground for the now necessary journey to a sustainable world. This original and lively book brings back animism - a most useful range of ideas which reductivists have somewhat wildly abandoned during the last century - into focus once more just when it is badly needed to cure current confusions about mind and body - Dr Mary Midgley, Moral Philosopher

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781780994086
Publisher:
Hunt, John Publishing
Publication date:
10/26/2012
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
313
File size:
336 KB

Meet the Author

Emma Restall Orr (aka Bobcat) has been one of the most well-known Druids worldwide for over a decade. She worked for the Order of Bards Ovates and Druids, was Joint Chief of the British Druid Order for nearly ten years, and in 2002 created the international Druid Network. She is a celebrated for her uncompromising views on ethics, environmentalism and personal responsibility, challenging the Druid and Pagan community with her writings, talks and other public appearances.

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The Wakeful World: Animism, Mind and the Self in Nature 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Lupestro More than 1 year ago
This was a useful book, presenting a clear perspective on where animist thought sits amidst the ideas of western philosophy. It is no light read. The author goes through a great deal of effort to clarify how she is using terms, reflecting on etymological roots and digging carefully into the unstated assumptions underlying their use by other writers. However, grappling with the use of words to distinguish ideas is an important part of the journey, and the result is satisfying.