Posts tagged ‘Arne Naess’

The Philosopher’s Cabin and the Household of Nature

The Philosopher’s Cabin and the Household of Nature,” Ethics, Policy & Environment, 6:2 (2003), 131-141.

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The etymological origin of ecology in the human house is the point of departure of this article. It argues that oikos is not merely a vague metaphor for ecology, but that built households provide a key to understanding the household of nature. Three households support this claim: the cabins of Henry Thoreau, Aldo Leopold and Arne Næss. This article suggests that their views on the household of nature stand in direct relationship with their respective homes. They also have a distant epistemological bird’s-eye view of nature seen from homes which were located – imaginary or real – on a mountaintop.

May 16, 2011 at 7:21 pm Leave a comment

From Skepticism to Dogmatism and Back

“From Skepticism to Dogmatism and Back: Remarks on the History of Deep Ecology,” in Philosophical Dialogues, Andrew Brennan and Nina Witoszek (eds.) (Rowman & Littlefield, 1999), 431-443.

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May 16, 2011 at 7:10 pm Leave a comment

The Dream of the Biocentric Community and the Structure of Utopias

The Dream of the Biocentric Community and the Structure of Utopias,” with Nina Witoszek, Worldviews, 2 (1998), 239-256.

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This paper examines the ideal of community as imagined by Arne Naess and the Deep Ecology Movement. In particular the authors address such questions as: Is pluralism of lifestyles reconcilable with the main ideas of the biocentric community? Is liberal justice possible within it? And how realistic is the proposal of education towards a ‘biocentric identity’? The analysis shows that, while the deep ecological vision is by no means ‘fascist’ as some of its critics insist, its inconsistencies, silences and omissions point to an incomplete project which has a dystopian conclusion written into its scenario.

May 16, 2011 at 6:59 pm 1 comment


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