Communication and Argument (The Selected Works of Arne by Arne Ness

By Arne Ness

Arne Naess is taken into account essentially the most very important philosophers of the 20 th century. He has been a enormously prolific writer, but his works as a complete have remained mostly unavailable – formerly. Springer made to be had 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) provides a tremendous review of Arne Naess’s pondering and offers an in depth number of this prolific philosopher’s critical writings. a few of Naess’s most vital courses have by no means ahead of been to be had in English. Many others are out of print. usually, his papers have been released in imprecise and inaccessible journals. and since Naess has been so prolific, a lot of his most vital papers nonetheless stay unpublished. The e-book of SWAN makes Naess’s paintings extra absolutely available to students, scholars, and critics alike.

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Naess also uses empirical semantics to demonstrate support for this position on rational and epistemological grounds. Distinguishing between one’s philosophical view and the necessity of firm, socially responsible action in everyday life, he also responds to the common notion that this radical nondogmatism generally leads to paralysis of action. In the end, Naess argues that adopting this updated view of Pyrrhonic scepticism could lead to quite the opposite, a more open-minded approach to philosophy and life.

I am, however, heartened by a conversation I had with Naess midway through the project, after he had reviewed several drafts of revised manuxlv SERIES EDITOR’S INTRODUCTION scripts. He commented that at least 90 percent of my revisions resulted in improvement and that no significant misinterpretations had been introduced. Given the nature and complexity of this project, that sounded like odds I could live with. Acknowledgments A project of this magnitude, by its very nature, represents the labor and love of an entire community.

Special thanks also go to Sharon Donovan, the Foundation’s publishing manager, who in the project’s final years has guided it through a long and sometimes circuitous path to completion. The Foundation has also always had an amazingly gifted and dedicated staff. At one point or another, many of its staff had a hand in helping this project along—offering assistance at a key point, a kind word, inspiration, or simply good cheer and a smile. Thank you, Denise Wilson, Debi Barker, Esther Li, Lizzie Udwin, Julie Lindow, Miyo Sakashita, and Emily Lydgate.

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