Wakeful World – Emma Restall Orr

The heritage of animism in Western thought, and a call to reclaim animism as wise and intelligent for the present day

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Alresford, UK: Moon Books, 2012. Paperback, 304 pages. New.

Taking the reader on a philosophical adventure, Restall Orr explores the heritage of animism in Western thought with precision, enthusiasm and sensitivity, and then goes on to present animism as a radically different, yet mature and coherent philosophy.

Over the past few hundred years, animism has been dismissed as a primitive, naïve and irrational perspective, but 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. Providing deep green ethics with a wholly rational metaphysical foundation,  she gives a view of the nature of existence which offers hope towards an integrated and sustainable world.