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The Norwegian Perspective on von Wright’s Theory of Environmental Hysteria
The Norwegian Perspective on von Wright’s Theory of Environmental Hysteria

Author(s): Silviya Serafimova
Subject(s): Philosophy, Social Sciences, Education, History of Philosophy, Ethics / Practical Philosophy, Social Philosophy, Contemporary Philosophy, Vocational Education, Adult Education, Inclusive Education / Inclusion, Sociology of Education
Published by: Национално издателство за образование и наука „Аз-буки“
Keywords: von Wright; environmental hysteria; provocative pessimism; environmental politics; Norwegian environmental philosophies

Summary/Abstract: This paper analyzes the theory of provocative pessimism, as displayed by the Finnish philosopher Georg Henrik von Wright, which concerns, among many other issues, the justification of what he defines as environmental hysteria. By exploring the genealogy of the ‘tragic contradiction’ between knowledge and acting in von Wright’s sense, I outline how some of the problems regarding the negative consequences of sustainable development find their similar interpretation in the works of some of the most prominent Norwegian philosophers and environmental activists such as Hartvig Sætra, Arne Næss, Sigmund Kvaløy and Gunnar Skirbekk. Regarding the impact of sustainable development on environmental politics, some concerns about the need of improving quality of life, as represented by von Wright, Kvaløy and Skirbekk are explored. Last but not least, I investigate how von Wright, Sætra, Næss, Kvaløy and Skirbekk find the roots of (provocative) pessimism in the increasing challenges to our human condition

  • Issue Year: 26/2017
  • Issue No: 1
  • Page Range: 9-25
  • Page Count: 17
  • Language: English