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Arne Naess is taken into account probably the most vital philosophers of the 20 th century. He has been a greatly prolific writer, but his works as an entire have remained mostly unavailable – in the past. Springer made on hand for the 1st time, a definitive 10-volume selection of Arne Naess’s life’s works: the chosen Works of Arne Naess.

The chosen Works of Arne Naess (SWAN) provides a huge evaluate of Arne Naess’s considering and gives an intensive number of this prolific philosopher’s imperative writings. a few of Naess’s most crucial courses have by no means earlier than been to be had in English. Many others are out of print. frequently, his papers have been released in vague and inaccessible journals. and since Naess has been so prolific, a lot of his most vital papers nonetheless stay unpublished. The booklet of SWAN makes Naess’s paintings extra totally available to students, scholars, and critics alike.

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The fifth revision and expansion of this initial work resulted in the 1976 classic, Økologi, Samfunn og Livsstil (Ecology, community, and lifestyle), which has been translated into Swedish, English (1989), Italian, Japanese, and Czech. This book has not been included in the Selected Works because it is widely available and currently in print. Volume X is the first comprehensive collection of Naess’s work on deep ecology—it includes a broad array of articles on its history, influences, theory, development, practice, and prospects.

Proofreading was provided by Carrie Pickett. Ingemund Gullvåg translated Which World Is the Real One? ” The original editions of Naess’s texts were keyed or scanned by the able and efficient crew at AgAccess—David Katz, Karen van Eppen, Jacob Katz, Rachna Boon, and Tim Rice. Additional keying of articles for the Selected Papers volumes was provided by Nancy Ropecka and Jane Drengson. Barbara Pijan, d Jones, Tony Hainault, and Debbie Reid deserve thanks for their careful and thorough transcribing of more than thirty-five hours of discussions with Arne Naess.

33 Spinoza ends the Ethics with the following remark: Sed omnia praeclara tam difficilia, quam rara sunt (“But all very clear things are as difficult as rare”). ”34 The quest for clarity is painful and difficult as well as amaranthine. The alternative, however, is to abandon joy and freedom and thus meaning. This is the essence of Naess’s distinction between being an academic philosopher and being a philosopher of life, between merely functioning and living. Drawing inspiration from Spinoza, Naess has cultivated a practice of both integrating reason and emotion and transforming negative emotions into positive ones.

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