Cover of Arne Næss’ preliminary edition of "Ecology and Philosophy", 1972 © Photo: Nasjonalbiblioteket

Lecture: Ingrid Halland (OAT)

Degrowth Tendencies of the Norwegian Deep Ecology Movement​
In October 1972, Norwegian philosopher Arne Næss published a preliminary draft of the book "Økologi og filosofi" in which he presented a radical way of thinking about the new powerful watchword ’ecology’. Næss suggested to combat notions of progress and growth by changing mankind’s pattern of thinking and ways of behaving. Inspired by Eastern philosophies, Næss suggested a deep ecological philosophy aiming at a complete reorientation of the philosophical value of organic and inorganic life. This paper revisits Næss’ initial draft and discusses how deep ecology’s turn towards co-existence and open-endedness took part in a conceptual shift that still echoes today in recent discourses related to the Anthropocene—​a shift to which the Norwegian deep ecology movement laid critical foundations.  ​ 
Ingrid Halland is Associate Professor of Art History and Theory at the Department of Art and Media Studies, Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU). Her research interests include late-twentieth century architecture and design, aesthetic theory, and continental philosophy, as well as green architecture, globalization, ecology, and cybernetics.​
Ingrid Halland´s lecture is part of the public lectures "Degrowth Histories"​

Date: 28. September, 2019
Time: 9:30 am

Venue: AHO - A2 - Sverre Fehn Auditorium
Address: Maridalsveien 29, 0175 Oslo

Contact: growth Histories / Dealing with It / Academy / Oslo Architecture Triennale (OAT)