Could a fundamental change in relations with our nonhuman neighbors start humanity down that new path? Around the globe, people are wrestling with these and related questions, prompted by the accelerating challenges facing life on Earth. Open Air Philosophy aims to help deepen understanding of the ecological crisis—its drivers and possible solutions—by sharing the work of three pioneering nature-focused philosophers.
Arne Naess, Sigmund Kvaløy Setreng, and Peter Wessel Zapffe were profoundly influenced by the landscape of their native Norway, its wild mountains and coastlines, and by their own adventurous spirits. Activist in orientation, Naess (who coined the term “deep ecology”) and Kvaløy participated in nonviolent direct-action campaigns. All advocated for a nonaggressive approach to being in nature.
Prescient thinkers about the trajectory of society, each attempted to live their personal philosophy. Social change movements that acknowledge the intrinsic value of life and that work to expand freedom and justice for the more-than-human world owe an ideological debt to these colorful thinkers.
Explore their ideas, if you will, in the open air . . .