Arne Naess: 1912-2009

I have written and will continue to write about the overlap between animal and environmental issues (and the laws such issues spawn) but what I have not yet done and now will belatedly do is acknowledge my intellectual debt to Arne Naess, who died this past Monday at the age of 96.  Naess was the architect of Deep Ecology, a system of biotic egalitarianism which urges us to “live as if nature mattered.”

Naess, a Norwegian philosopher, believed “the right of all forms [of life] to live is a universal right which cannot be quantified.   No single species of living being has more of this particular right to live and unfold than any other species.”

Read his obituary here and more about him here.

He will be missed.

David Cassuto