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Wisdom in the Open Air : Norwegian Roots of Deep Ecology - David Rothenberg

Wisdom in the Open Air

Norwegian Roots of Deep Ecology

By: David Rothenberg (Editor)

Paperback Published: 1st November 1992
ISBN: 9780816621828
Number Of Pages: 272

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"Wisdom in the Open Air" traces the Norwegian roots of the strain of thinking called "deep ecology" - the search for the solutions to environmental problems by examining the fundamental tenets of our culture. Although Arne Naess coined the term in the 1970s, the insights of deep ecology actually reflect a whole tradition of thought that can be seen in the history of Norwegian culture, from ancient mountain myths to the radical ecoactivism of today. Beginning with an introduction to Norway's emphasis on nature and the wild, Reed and Rothenberg explore the birth of the environmental movement in the 1960s and 1970s. What follows is a collection of writings by prominent Norwegian thinkers on humanity and nature, most never before published in English. From Peter Wessel Zapffe, a twentieth-century Kierkegaardian figure, the list goes on to include Arne Naess, activist/critic/artist Sigmund Kvaloy, wilderness educator Nils Faarlund, novelist Finn Alnaes, sociologist Johan Galtung, and social reformer Erik Dammann. Their points of view offer thoughts on the significance of modern life and what it means to be human in the face of deteriorating environmental global trends of the 20th century. "Wisdom in the Open Air" asks and answers a fundamental question concerning the ecomovement: what is the role of deep, often abstract, thinking in the attempt to avert a very real ecological crisis?

Introduction: Deep Ecology from Summit to Blockadep. 1
Peter Wessel Zapffep. 37
The Last Messiahp. 40
Farewell, Norwayp. 52
Poemsp. 59
Arne Naessp. 65
Intrinsic Value: Will the Defenders of Nature Please Risep. 70
The Politics of the Deep Ecology Movementp. 82
Everything Really Important Is Dangerousp. 99
Sigmund Kvaloyp. 113
Complexity and Time: Breaking the Pyramid's Reignp. 116
Getting Our Feet Wetp. 147
Nils Faarlundp. 155
A Way Homep. 157
Touch the Earthp. 169
Finn Alnaesp. 177
The Way of Two-nessp. 180
Johan Galtungp. 193
Development Theory: Notes on an Alternative Approachp. 196
Erik Dammann and The Future in Our Handsp. 211
The Future in Our Hands: Its Conceptions, Aims, and Strategiesp. 215
Conclusion: Deep Ecology as a Force for Changep. 229
Notesp. 241
Selected Bibliographyp. 249
Indexp. 253
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ISBN: 9780816621828
ISBN-10: 0816621829
Series: Labor Relations Report; 22
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 272
Published: 1st November 1992
Publisher: University of Minnesota Press
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 23.5 x 15.88  x 1.91
Weight (kg): 0.36

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