Celebrating Light and Hope, by Henryk Skolimowski

A new volume of poems from the pen of Dr. Skolimowski, "Celebrating Light and Hope" brings a fresh presentation of the world as a participatory, light-infused living organism ... one in which our every thought and action are integral to the health of our shared global community. This volume was released on March 16, 2011 at Pant Nagar University in Northern India. Go here for images of the event.

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The Lotus and the Mud: Autobiography of a Philosopher, by Henryk Skolimowski

Words matter, ideas matter, philosophy matters. But more important even than these is a life well lived: a life of courage, integrity, vision, and substance. Such is the life of Henryk Skolimowski, and such is his philosophy.

From difficult and unpromising beginnings, he has forged a brilliant and creative path through the intellectual heavens, all the while maintaining a profound sense of purpose, dignity, and grace. The founder of the school known as eco-philosophy, Skolimowski’s vast life experiences led to a critical analysis of democracy, technology, science, and capitalism. Most recently, he has articulated a strikingly new ‘cosmology of light,’ one that draws on ancient wisdom and yet holds great promise for moving us further along the road to enlightenment.

This book covers Skolimowski’s life story, from his youth in Warsaw during the war years, through Oxford, India, America, and many points in between. A concluding chapter of color photos adds a true personal touch. His is an exceptional life, and his is an exceptional story.

Creative Fire Press, ©2011
232 pages, paperback
$18.00 (postage included)

Earth Alive: Readings in Environmental Ethics, edited by David Skrbina

“Earth is a god, foremost in the heavens,” said Plato. “Every realm of nature is marvelous,” said Aristotle. “Speak to the earth, and it will teach you,” says the Bible. Somehow we have lost this message. Our modern, materialistic world sees nature only as a source of entertainment or resources, never as valuable in itself. We have forgotten that the earth is divine, alive, and that it can truly speak to us.

Earth Alive is an introductory reader in the central concepts in environmental ethics. Part I covers the historical background analysis. Parts II and III cover the emergence of eco-philosophy in the 20th century. Part IV includes central readings in eco-philosophy and deep ecology, including Skolimowski, Naess, Bateson, Devall, and Sessions. Part V addresses the practical side of applied eco-ethics, looking at issues with population, technology, food, and energy.

This collection of classic pieces is unlike any other compilation. Beginner or expert, all readers will find valuable insights here. Indeed, the earth is alive—let us treat her so.

Creative Fire Press, ©2010
308 pages, paperback
$20.00 (postage included)

World As Sanctuary: The Cosmic Philosophy of Henryk Skolimowski, edited by David Skrbina and Juanita Skolimowski

One thousand years ago, the world was viewed as the dominion of God. Five hundred years ago, the world became a great machine, and we humans mere cogs. The time has now passed for both of these visions of the world. Now, today, we embrace a new worldview: the world as sanctuary. By this holistic and ecological vision, the world is the sacred home to humanity and all life. Earth is now seen in the context of universal evolution, which is its proper setting.

The leading pioneer of this new conception of the world is Henryk Skolimowski. Throughout his lifetime of work, he has developed an integrated, uplifting, inspiring, and compassionate philosophical system: eco-philosophy. The central concept of Skolimowski’s eco-philosophy is this new worldview, of the world as a sanctuary. From this follows ecological values, and a new conception of right living.

This volume includes 21 original essays by Skolimowski’s closest friends, colleagues, and admirers. They range from personal reflections and observations to specific ways in which Skolimowski’s vision has affected personal lives. The book is an outstanding tribute to one of the few true visionaries of today’s world.

Creative Fire Press, ©2010
229 pages, paperback
$20.00 (postage included)

Let There Be Light, by Henryk Skolimowski

At the beginning was Light. Light — pure, distilled, triumphant in its unity and possibilities. Out of this Light came everything we call Cosmos, Universe, and Life. The story of the Universe is the story of the evolving Light, which is intertwined with Love. Love is not accidental but essential to the story of the Universe. Equally essential are sacred symbols, thinking and art.

The story of the Universe is enthralling, fascinating, mysterious and yet simple. We need to have the eyes to see the beauty and the genius of Life, as it incessantly re-creates and transforms itself.

The meaning of Life is simple. This meaning is the loom around which everything that exist is woven. Light is the divine denominator which unites us all. We are truly one because we are all made of Light. This unity is tremendously reassuring and is a source of hope and optimism. If we need one single and sure beacon of hope, it is Light.

Let There Be Light (2010) is available for purchase at www.wisdomtreeindia.com, and will be available in spring 2010 at amazon.com.

Pursuit of Wisdom, edited by David Skrbina

Philosophy is a great exploration of the mind. It probes the deepest and most profound questions we can conceive. It is the purest expression of the 'love of wisdom'. Ultimately, philosophy seeks to articulate the nature of the good life—the life of virtue, contemplation, and right action.

This book was written for all those new to philosophy, and for those wanting to explore some of the classics of western thinking. Designed as an introductory textbook, Pursuit of Wisdom

touches on many of the central questions of philosophy, and introduces many of the major thinkers of past and present. The book includes 26 excerpts from writings by Plato, Aristotle, Aquinas, Spinoza, Hume, Descartes, Berkeley, Russell, Leibniz, Schopenhauer, and Nietzsche, as well as from current thinkers like Churchland, Strawson, Skolimowski, and Singer. Topic areas include: ‘God and Evil’, ‘Problems of Knowledge’, ‘Minds, Bodies, and the Will’, and ‘Concepts in Ethics’. It would be hard to find a better overview of western philosophy, or a better place to start.

Available only from the Eco-Philosophy Center.
Creative Fire Press, © 2009
288 pages, paperback.
$15.00 (postage included)

Ethics for Life, edited by David Skrbina

Aristotle taught that ethics was the pursuit of happiness (eudaimonia), which he defined as a condition of “living well and doing well.” And for more than two thousand years since then,

we have been debating about what exactly it means to ‘live well’ and to ‘do well.’ Ethics is much more than simply being “nice” or “helpful.” It involves a detailed inquiry into the nature of what is truly good, and into the actions one might take to achieve that goal. It addresses the concept of justice, and the defense of justice, in a frequently unjust world. It is, in equal parts, theory and practice.

Some aspects of these things are timeless, but others are bound up with each person’s individual life history. Hence, in the philosophical study of ethics we cannot simply lay down absolute rules for good conduct. We can only seek out the general rules of ethical living, clarify our thinking, and examine in detail the ideas of great thinkers of past and present.

This book is an anthology of essential readings in ethical theory and practice. It is aimed at the introductory level, and assumes no prior background in philosophy. The book includes 25 excerpts from classic writers such as Plato, Aristotle, Epicurus, Augustine, Aquinas, Spinoza, Kant, Mill, Schopenhauer, Nietzsche and Sartre. It also covers some important contemporary thinkers in ethics, including Skolimowski, Feinberg, Singer, Regan, and Thomson.

By having a clearer grasp of what morality means, and by studying the specific visions of other leading philosophers, we can perhaps better work out our own personal plan of ethics for life.

Available only from the Eco-Philosophy Center.
Creative Fire Press, © 2009
325 pages, paperback.
$16.00 (postage included)

Confronting Technology, edited by David Skrbina

The phenomenon of technology is at once fascinating and troublesome. With us since the dawn of mankind, it has come to utterly pervade our lives. Conventional wisdom has it that technology exists only to serve our needs, and to better our lives. And yet there is a sense in

which our lives are not really getting ‘better’ at all. In fact, many have the feeling that life is becoming more difficult, more demanding, more stressful, and less satisfying.

Since technology is perpetually increasing in power, reach, and affordability, why are our lives not correspondingly better than ever? Why are environmental problems not quickly and permanently resolved? Why do hunger, disease, hardship, and suffering persist around the world? Why are we not on an unambiguously upward path, one in which life is always becoming richer, more fulfilling, healthier, and happier?

There is this lingering sense in which technology gives on the one hand, and takes from the other. Thus it seems that technology also has its dark side, and this is an aspect that is too often ignored, misunderstood, and hence underestimated. This anthology takes a critical look at technology, from the time of the Greeks to the present day. Only by doing so can we fully appreciate the impact that modern technology has on our lives, our planet, and our future.

This book includes 33 excerpts from past and present critics of technology, reaching as far back as Plato and Lao Tzu. Other contributors include Mumford, Mander, White, Merchant, Rousseau, Thoreau, Nietzsche, Orwell, Heidegger, Roszak, Illich, Naess, Skolimowski, Kaczynski, Joy, and Kurzweil.

Available only from the Eco-Philosophy Center.
Creative Fire Press, © 2009
332 pages, paperback.
$16.00 (postage included)

Philosophy for a New Civilization, by Henryk Skolimowski

In 2005 Henryk Skolimowski published Philosophy for a New Civilization in New Delhi, India. This book is an invitation to another kind of philosophy ... not

abstract, dry and indifferent to life, but compassionate, holistic, caring and guiding life. Basically it is a book about a philosophy, which may change your life, if you take it seriously.

We don’t have to follow the dictates of the stupefying technological system. We are free people. The human race is not forlorn and doomed. We can make the world a fair place to live, for all of us. But we need to think deeper, with consequence, and while inspired by our ultimate destinies. We need to transcend the plethora of plastic gadgets, insatiable greed, and the paranoia of fear that paralyze us. We can do it. We are proposing a New Logos for a New Civilization. The dawn of a New Civilization is on the horizon. But we have to help it to arise.

Hardcover copies of Philosophy for a New Civilization can be purchased at $23 each from the Eco-Philosophy Center. Contact David Skrbina 42231 Ladywood Northville, MI 48168 USA 734-420-7932 E-mail: Skrbina at comcast dot net.

In the Silence of Inspiration, by Juanita Skolimowski

Juanita Skolimowski was educated at St. Joseph College, Conn., and San Francisco State University, Cal., with a year at the University of Madrid. She has worked in several fields of education, translation and social work.

Over the years, poetry as a medium has been a private part of self-expression. Often the poems arose within after an experience of love, nature and insight. Skolimowski collected these poems and this little volume represents a selection from the collection.

The past 14 years of residing in Poland has helped her 'see' from a new perspective. Hence, this volume is both in Polish and English.

Panpsychism in the West, by David Skrbina

In his first book, Skrbina takes on a daunting challenge: to rethink one of the underlying premises of western philosophy.  For most of the past 2000 years, civilization has been dominated by two overarching worldviews:  the Christian outlook, and the mechanistic view of the world as a machine.  In both cases, 'spirit' and mind are largely restricted to mankind.  But this places humanity in an unusual and awkward position – as the 'great exception' to the natural order, as a kind of freak of nature.

We presently have a limited supply of the following publications. All works are by Henryk Skolimowski, and all prices include postage:

(1985) – 64 pgs, paperback.  Price:  $5.00

A small booklet of 12 essays on the greening of religion in the ecological era.  Lays out a vision of the universe and humanity as a part of 'God-in-the-making', of the cosmos as evolving toward divinity.

Forests as Sanctuaries 
(1985) – 12 pgs, paperback.  Price:  $1.00

A short essay in booklet form.  Skolimowski praises the sacred spaces in nature.  The forests are not merely a vitally important ecosystem, they are also a source of Earth-wisdom and a place where we can reconnect to the spirituality immanent in our world.

Eco-Philosophy: Designing New Tactics for Living
(1981) - 117 pgs, hard cover. Price: $13.00

This is a succinct and popular book, one of the first to give an in-depth examination of the philosophical basis for the environmental movement.  Chapters include "Eco-philosophy vs. Contemporary Philosophy", "Ecological Humanism", and "Celebrating Life".  A classic!

Technology and Human Destiny
(1983)  124 pgs, paperback.  Price: $6.00

A concise and insightful analysis of the role of technology in the modern world.  Even more relevant now than when it was written.  Chapters include:  " Philosophy of Technology Conceived as Philosophy of Man", "Myths Behind the Reality", "Scientific World-View and the Illusions of Progress", and "A Philosophy of Needs".

Theater of the Mind 
(1984) - 160 pgs, paperback.   Price:  $10.00

A collection of 26 concise and illuminating essays on many aspects of eco-philosophy, including "Rational Mysticism", "Reverential Thinking", "Of Secular and Transcendental Imagination", and "Glory to Evolution".

Out of the Cosmic Dust 
(1989) - 67 pgs, hard cover.   Price:  $6.00

A collection of 40 poems by Skolimowski, covering a range of topics.  Sections include "Of Energy, and Stars", "Songs of Anguish", and "Songs of Affirmation".

All titles are available from the Eco-Philosophy Center. Contact David Skrbina 42231 Ladywood Northville, MI 48168 USA 734-420-7932 E-mail: Skrbina at comcast dot net.