The Selected Works of Arne Naess

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Deepness of Questions and the Deep Ecology Movement

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Whatever the weaknesses we are all aware of, the term deep is going to remain central in the terminological structure of the deep ecology movement. Is the deep ecology terminological structure complicated? It is nothing compared to what we have to get accustomed to if we participate in social and political debates. Here, I focus on only one approach in trying to make the term deep more precise in the relevant sense (thus eliminating interpretations that lead away from what is intended). The approach taken here is concerned with premise-conclusion chains. This approach is concerned with the deepness of premises used in debates over efforts to overcome the ecological crisis.