By Arne Ness
Arne Naess is taken into account probably the most vital philosophers of the 20th century. He has been a enormously prolific writer, but his works as a complete have remained principally unavailable – in the past. Springer made on hand for the 1st time, a definitive 10-volume choice of Arne Naess’s life’s works: the chosen Works of Arne Naess.
The chosen Works of Arne Naess (SWAN) offers a massive assessment of Arne Naess’s pondering and gives an intensive number of this prolific philosopher’s imperative writings. a few of Naess’s most vital courses have by no means earlier than been to be had in English. Many others are out of print. usually, his papers have been released in vague and inaccessible journals. and since Naess has been so prolific, a lot of his most vital papers nonetheless stay unpublished. The ebook of SWAN makes Naess’s paintings extra absolutely available to students, scholars, and critics alike.
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Extra resources for Common Sense, Knowledge, and Truth (The Selected Works of Arne Naess, Volume 8)
After working through several manuscripts, Naess decided to place the remainder of the responsibility for revising and editing the manuscripts in my hands. We have made our best effort to reconcile inconsistencies, make corrections, and chase down incomplete bibliographic references (in most cases no bibliographies existed for the original works). I regret, however, that some imperfections remain. I am also responsible for any new errors that have been introduced—their existence, unfortunately, is unavoidable.
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.
Naess’s best-known philosophical work is likely Interpretation and Preciseness, published in 1953 (SWAN I). It is an attempt to convince the world of analytical philosophy about the types of approaches that are necessary, from the standpoint of a radical empiricist, to adequately interpret terms and point-of-departure statements (T0 statements), given the manifold of plausible interpretations. It highlights the role and potential of experience in relation to intuition and reflection by requiring that every direct or im- xxxiii SERIES EDITOR’S INTRODUCTION plied hypothesis regarding the actual use of terms, phrases, or sentences be testable.