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Thoroughly updated by the author, this revised and expanded translation of Naess' Okologi, Samfunn og Llivsstil conveys his thoughts on the relevance of philosophy to the problems of environmental degradation.
Paperback, 240 pages
Published January 11th 1990 by Cambridge University Press (first published January 1st 1981)
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Maria
Sep 20, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Probaly the single most important books to shape my mind
Rhys
Dec 30, 2014 rated it liked it
I wish I had read this long ago. I found the Deep Ecology of Arne Naess much more nuanced than what I have read in EarthFirst! (maybe more philosophical compared to the more applied works of Dave Foreman and others).

In particular, the thinking was more Spinozan or phenomenological than I had expected, with strong discussions around gestalt and the embodied subject.

"Gestalt formation crosses boundaries between what is conventionally classed as thinking as separated from emotion. The tertiary qual
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Rex
This book provides a broad, concise outline of Naess's thinking on "ecosophy" or ecological wisdom. Naess discusses how ecosophy can shape our thinking, lifestyle, society, politics, economics, and technology. He exalts responsible environmentalism, conservation, cooperation, nonviolence, noncoercion, decentralization, local autonomy, lowered production/consumption, and above all a philosophical reorientation to the symbiotic, self-realizing bio-reality of which we are but a part.

Naess's ecosoph
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Ecology, Community and Lifestyle Arne Næss, first published 1976
Deep Ecology introduced by Næss in 1973.
In 1973, Norwegian philosopher and mountaineer Arne Næss introduced the phrase deep ecology to environmental literature. Environmentalism emerged as a popular grassroots political movement in the 1960s with the radical involvement from the beginning of the 70s with Global Earth Day, Green peace and other organizations. Deep ecology based upon the view of Gandhi but most of all Mahayana Buddhis
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Alexander
Feb 20, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: philosophy
Arne Naess' Ecology, Community and Lifestyle is a nice book. Despite a general distaste for "deep ecology" and its associated superstitions, I found myself very much appreciating Naess' take on deep ecology and holding great respect for this his attempt to construct a worldview that is informed by the basic principles of ecology ("all things hang together"), an attempt that involves challenging how we think about science, about our world, about society, about epistemology, about metaphysics, abo ...more
Sancho
Jan 10, 2014 rated it it was ok
I agree with many of the things that the author says. But I have to say that it is a heavy book to read, I had a lot of trouble to follow in many parts.

In particular, I enjoyed his discussions on technology and technical optimism. I also agree totally with the belief in the inherent value of all living beings, regardless from their instrumental utility to humans, i.e. as means to an end. I understood that on my own, many years ago, but I still struggle to understand why it is so difficult to und
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Lage
Oct 10, 2012 rated it really liked it
An interesting read, functioning as both an eyeopener with regards to the value of value-judgments and normative systems in political discourse, and as an effective reminder of the intrinsic value of all living beings, and, indeed, life itself. The book also serves as a thorough introduction to the deep ecology movement, and the philosophical platform from which it stems. Naess deals with these oft romanticized/dramatized issues in his usual down-to-earth, analytic manner, which makes "Ecology, ...more
Joseph
Dec 18, 2009 rated it it was ok
From what I read about Arne Naess I was sure I was going to love this book to pieces, but I kinda wanted to *rip* it to pieces after page 30 or thereabouts. I forced my drooping eyelids open until page 60 or so, and then gave up. In terms of vocabulary and organization, this book is beyond unapproachable, even though the subject matter is fascinating. For anyone interested in deep ecology, I'd steer clear of this one and find something else. I still plan on giving Naess another chance, but this ...more
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I often seem to take someone's death as a recommendation for their work.
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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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