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Deep Ecology: Living as if Nature Mattered

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Practicing is simple. Nothing forced, nothing violent, just settling into our place. "Deep ecology," a term originated in 1972 by Norwegian philosopher Arne Naess, is emerging as a way to develop harmony between individuals, communities and nature. DEEP ECOLOGY--the term and the book--unfolds the path to living a simple, rich life and shows how to participate in major envi ...more
Paperback, 267 pages
Published January 19th 2001 by Gibbs Smith (first published 1985)
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Jul 21, 2009 Operaista rated it liked it
You know, I kind of feel bad giving a book on deep ecology only three stars, especially where deep ecology is really central to my politics. But, one, I think this book would have been much more meaningful to me years ago - the principles of deep ecology are second nature to me at this point. And two, there's a lot of racism in this book, mainly referring to indigenous peoples of the Americas as "primal peoples" and viewing them as all the same, and massive, massive creepy appropriation and roma ...more
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Shelves: hippie, summer09
This is a good overview of the philosophical underpinnings of Deep Ecology. It does a better (more polished) sales job than Naess's books, says something deep (better than Berry's book), and at least attempts a synthesis (unlike Milbraith). I particularly enjoyed the discussion of different types of ecotopias that have been proposed/presented.

This would make a good starter book to get someone interested in DE. Once they are hooked, then point them to Devall's "Simple in Means, Rich in Ends" for
Sep 19, 2008 Jake rated it really liked it
Great stuff. This book is a natural extension of the mass self-loathing we all deserve as destroyers of the otherwise perfect Earth. Well, it wasn't really that sort of book, but it does discuss the emotional implications of a nature-centered life. I think we could all benefit from a more thoroughly realized sense of community. Technology is a good thing, but what's the hurry? A more deliberate path would allow us to maintain the wisdoms of the past while integrating those of the future. Utopian ...more
Jan 27, 2010 Kate rated it liked it
Shelves: environmental
Parts of this book I really love—some keen insights on how we relate to our world, and to the non-humans (creatures, landscapes) that share it with us. But then other parts are intensely policy heavy and don't add much to the discussion, and then some parts a lil too new agey. So certain parts definitely 5 stars, and worth the read. But I have to give it a 3 stars overall.
Dec 20, 2007 Kelly rated it really liked it
This is a great book. I originally read it to use in an environmental justice paper, and found that it provides a good basis for the environmental movement in general. Parts of it tend toward a self-righteous tree hugger mentality, but I liked it. It's inspiring. It's one of those books that I bought for school but have actually picked up since.
Feb 05, 2008 Jessenoah rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: budding biophiliacs
lots of good quotes and standpoints regarding environmental philosophy. examining the myriad ways of looking at current issues, through the lenseseseses of poets and scientists alike.
check it out on the toilet.
Jennifer Wyld
This book deeply (no pun intended) my understanding of our possible relationship with the Earth. I still try to live my life by it.
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Nov 08, 2010 Lorelei Yang rated it really liked it
As a philosophy, deep ecology is both compelling and perplexing: hence the necessity of reading this volume.
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Great book. Why we should reduce human population and stop destroying the planet.
Jan 18, 2012 Faye rated it really liked it
Part history of ecology and introduction to the philosophy of ecology ... ecosophy.
Apr 01, 2013 Kent rated it it was amazing
Seminal book on Deep Ecology and the spirituality of living within nature.
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