Life's Philosophy

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

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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.show more

Product details

  • Paperback | 216 pages
  • 243.84 x 261.62 x 15.24mm | 975.22g
  • University of Georgia Press
  • Georgia, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 0820332526
  • 9780820332529
  • 408,441

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[Naess] argues passionately throughout for cultivating the positive, life-affirming feelings over the negative. Basing his thinking on ideas found in Spinoza, he is convinced that there is no such thing as "pure reason," that feelings do--and should--play a decisive role in human choice and action.--Library Journalshow more

About Arne Naess

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.show more

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