The Selected Works of Arne Naess
Arne Naess is considered one of the most important philosophers of the twentieth century. He has been a tremendously prolific author, yet his works as a whole have remained largely unavailable – until now. Springer made available for the first time, a definitive 10-volume collection of Arne Naess’s life’s works: The Selected Works of Arne Naess.
The Selected Works of Arne Naess (SWAN) presents a major overview of Arne Naess’s thinking and provides an extensive collection of this prolific philosopher’s principal writings. Some of Naess’s most important publications have never before been available in English. Many others are out of print. Often, his papers were published in obscure and inaccessible journals. And because Naess has been so prolific, many of his most important papers still remain unpublished. The publication of SWAN makes Naess’s work more fully accessible to scholars, students, and critics alike.
Arne is retired, but remains associated with the University of Oslo and its Center for Development and Environment. The Arne Naess Chair in Global Justice and the Environment is being established at the university. Naess holds honorary doctorates from Stockholm University and The Norwegian National University of Sports and Physical Education. He is also an honorary member of The Norwegian Alpine Club and The Norwegian Tourist Association. Naess’s contributions have been honored by many awards, including Norway’s St. Olav’s Order and the Peer Gynt Award, Denmark’s Sonning Prize, the Nordic Council Award for Nature and Environment, the Uggla Prize for Humanistic Studies from Stockholm University, and the Mahatma Gandhi Prize for Non-violent Peace. In addition to writing countless articles and essays that have been translated into several languages and have appeared in anthologies and journals throughout the world, Naess is the author of numerous books, including Life’s Philosophy: Reason and Feeling in a Deeper World and Ecology, Community and Lifestyle. He was founder and editor of the journal Inquiry, and has lectured in many countries.