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By Arne Ness

Arne Naess is taken into account the most vital philosophers of the 20 th century. He has been a significantly prolific writer, but his works as a complete have remained principally unavailable – before. 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) offers a tremendous assessment of Arne Naess’s considering and gives an in depth number of this prolific philosopher’s significant writings. a few of Naess’s most vital guides have by no means sooner than been on hand in English. Many others are out of print. frequently, his papers have been released in imprecise and inaccessible journals. and since Naess has been so prolific, lots of his most vital papers nonetheless stay unpublished. The ebook of SWAN makes Naess’s paintings extra totally available to students, scholars, and critics alike.

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The “shallow,” currently more influential approach to environmentalism is identified with treating the symptoms of the ecological crisis, such as pollution and resource degradation. This reform-oriented approach is grounded in technological optimism, economic growth, and scientific management, not in ultimate premises that plumb the relationship between people and nature. It thus ultimately fails to address the philosophical, social, and political roots of the ecocultural crisis. The “deep” approach, on the other hand, while in no way discounting the exigency of addressing pollution and resource degradation, adopts a broader, long-term, more sceptical stance.

With this argument that change in science happens gradually, by generalization and differentiation, Naess foreshadowed his response to Kuhn well before The Structure of Scientific Revolutions was published in 1962. With Erkenntnis, Naess also anticipated ideas that later became prominent in linguistic philosophy, such as the importance of ordinary language over formal systems and the importance of using observation of contrasts and discriminations to build up understanding of systems. In the end, presaging his own radical pluralism to come, Naess seems to relax his early position on the importance and possibility of creating a metascience of science from the “far outside” and ultimately comes to view subjective and behavioral models as two different point-of-departure formulations in an indefinite plurality of equally valid approaches for a metascience of science.

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