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

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


By (author) Arne Naess, With Per Ingvar Haukeland, Translated by Roland Huntford, Foreword by Bill McKibben, Introduction by Harold Glasser

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  • Publisher: University of Georgia Press
  • Format: Paperback | 216 pages
  • Dimensions: 244mm x 262mm x 15mm | 975g
  • Publication date: 15 December 2008
  • Publication City/Country: Georgia
  • ISBN 10: 0820332526
  • ISBN 13: 9780820332529
  • Illustrations note: black & white illustrations
  • Sales rank: 298,192

Product description

Norwegian philosopher Arne Naess' meditation on the art of living is an exhortation to preserve the environment and biodiversity. Now in his nineties, Naess 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.

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Author information

Arne Naess is a widely published and celebrated Norwegian philosopher whose long career spans two main periods: most recently his work launching the Deep Ecology Movement and, prior to that, his thirty years as the University of Oslo's chair in philosophy. His many books include Ecology, Community, and Lifestyle. Roland Huntford is a translator and author. His book The Last Place on Earth was made into a PBS miniseries.

Review quote

"[Naess's] most readable book . . . Perhaps the main value of "Life's Philosophy" is that it lets us deepen into the glassy landscapes of this extraordinary man."--Jordi Pigem, "Resurgence"