Nature's Primal Self

Nature's Primal Self

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Nature's Primal Self examines Corrington's thought, called "ecstatic naturalism," in juxtaposition to both C. S. Peirce's pragmatic and semiotic concept of the self and Karl Jaspers' existential elucidation of Existenz. Peirce's and Jaspers' anthropocentrism is thus corrected by Corrington's ecstatic naturalism. Ecstatic naturalism, as a new movement, is both a semiotic theoretical method and a metaphysics that probes deeply into the ontological divide between nature naturing and nature natured. Author Nam T. Nguyen attempts to achieve three goals: first, to present and elucidate the underlying philosophical concepts of Charles Peirce, Karl Jaspers, and Robert Corrington; second, to critique the anthropocentric self of Peirce's semiotic pragmatism and of Jaspers' existential anthropology (periechontology) from the standpoint of ecstatic naturalism; and third, to introduce the concept of nature's primal self, radically grounded in the perspective of ecstatic naturalism, as a judicious, more encompassing, and richer framework compared to Peirce's semiotic construction of the self and Jaspers' existential concept of more

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  • Electronic book text | 282 pages
  • Lexington Books
  • MD, United States
  • English
  • 0739150421
  • 9780739150429

About Nam T Nguyen

Nam T. Nguyen teaches philosophy at the University of Central more

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This is a timely and ambitious rendering of a truly original voice in contemporary American philosophical theology, that of Robert S. Corrington and his 'ecstatic naturalism.' In this book author Nam T. Nguyen compares ecstatic naturalism to C. S. Peirce's pragmatism and Karl Jaspers' existentialism in order to elucidate how ecstatic naturalism de-emphasizes the notion of an anthropocentric self (a concept of self which remains a pressing problem for Euro-American philosophy given its challenge to accomplishing a truly ecological and relational perspective). Contra anthropocentrism Nguyen explains how ecstatic naturalism affords a view of nature's own 'primal self.' One learns vis-A-vis Peirce and Jaspers that ecstatic naturalism is a philosophy which honors all possible as well as actual existence--nonhuman, human, and divine--taking all to be encompassed by nature.--Leon Niemoczynski, Loras Collegeshow more

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