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The Wakeful World: Animism, Mind and the Self in Nature

Over the past few hundred years, animism has been dismissed as a primitive, naive and irrational perspective, irrelevant within the civilised West. In The Wakeful World, Emma Restall Orr argues that this is based on the misrepresentation, drawn in crayon, that each tree and stone has its own Christian-like immortal soul. Taking the reader on a philosophical adventure, Restall Orr explores the heritage of Western thought with precision, enthusiasm and sensitivity, considering how soul, spirit, mind and consciousness have been understood through millennia. Challenging the prevailing worldviews of materialism and dualism, she presents animism as a radically different, yet mature and coherent philosophy. Providing deep green ethics with a wholly rational metaphysical foundation, The Wakeful World is a compelling view of the nature of existence and the experience of reality, giving solid ground for the now necessary journey to a sustainable world.

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  1. M. Rose-Jones "The Violet Rose" says

    This book deserves six stars. This book has profoundly changed the way I viewed the world. It is an intelligent and reasoned argument for animism. This is not an easy book that you will knock off in a day; it is a demanding, intellectual work that rewards persistence with fresh and remarkable insights. Things occurred to me whilst reading this book that had not in a decade of animistic practice. I sincerely believe that this book will go on to be a classic text in this subject area like David Abram’s Spell of the Sensuous:Perception and Language in a More-Than-Human World and Graham Harvey’s Animism: Respecting the Living World. Buy this while it is still this cheap.

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