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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.
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Paperback, 352 pages
Published June 15th 2010 by Counterpoint (first published June 28th 2008)
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My first encounter with the writings of Naess, one of the founders of what he called the long-range deep ecology movement. As a snapshot of his extensive writings, this book perhaps does a some justice, by culling out relevant pieces and placing them in 'thematic gestalts' to present some essential aspects of his 'ecosophy'.

Some chapters have interesting titles related to the philosophical concepts he expounds, about 'beautiful action', about 'the place of joy in a world of fact', the need for '
Terence Beney
Incidentally absorbing: it's not compelling while I read it, but I revisit repeatedly. The translation is not always great I think (where there is translation, Naes wrote in English too. Unfortunately the introductory essay is awful.
Aug 12, 2016 Cameron rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
As a complete newcomer to Naess, Ecology of Wisdom is a deep introduction to both the man and his work. Alan Drengson's introductory overview covers the life of Arne Naess, as well as touching on his work and the deep ecology movement in general. From there we proceed on to the first of the five sections: 'Places in the Real World'. The essays in this section are definitely the most accessible entryway into the essays as a whole, as they are all about tangible places. From there the book moves o ...more
Daren Kearl
As someone with a new interest in the philosophy of deep ecology, I was looking for a lay persons introduction. I found some of these essays too theoretical and at a more academic level than I could cope with, sadly. My favourite was describing the microcosm around and living in the hut at Tvergastein.
Jan 07, 2009 Kathy marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
Saw a good review of this in Ode Magazine. He is a mentor of mine, from one of his first widely read books, Deep Ecology.
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Næss was a Norwegian philosopher, known foremost as the founder of the concept Deep Ecology
Næss combined his ecological vision with Gandhian nonviolence and on several occasions participated in direct action events. He was the youngest person to ever be promoted to professor at Oslo University (27), a position he inhabited from 1939 to 1970.
Næss' main philosophical work from the 1950s was entitled
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