A Philosophy of Sacred Nature

A Philosophy of Sacred Nature : Prospects for Ecstatic Naturalism

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A Philosophy of Sacred Nature introduces Robert Corrington's philosophical thought, "ecstatic naturalism," which seeks to recognize nature's self-transforming potential. Ecstatic naturalism is a philosophical-theological perspective, deeply seated in a semiotic cosmology and psychosemiosis, and it radically and profoundly probes into the mystery of nature's perennial self-fissuring of nature natured and nature naturing. Edited by Leon Niemoczynski and Nam T. Nguyen, this collection aims to allow readers to see what can be done with ecstatic naturalism, and what directions, interpretations, and creative uses that doing can take. A thorough exploration of the prospects of ecstatic naturalism, this book will appeal to scholars of Continental philosophy, religious naturalism, and American pragmatism.show more

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  • Hardback | 218 pages
  • 154.94 x 228.6 x 20.32mm | 453.59g
  • Lexington Books
  • Lanham, MD, United States
  • English
  • 0739199668
  • 9780739199664

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For those who retain a post-orthodox religious temperament in post-modernity, Robert S. Corrington's evolving account of Ecstatic Naturalism might prove a challenging, engaging framework for a transcendental naturalism... Those inclined to an experiential, naturalistic view of religion should find his provocative philosophical theology intriguing... The essay collection may function best as a complement to Corrington's two latest works, Deep Pantheism: Toward a New Transcendentalism (2015) and Nature's Sublime: An Essay in Aesthetic Naturalism (2013), careful explications of his evolving, mature, systematic approach... Corrington's Ecstatic Naturalism helps reveal those hidden potencies that so much of our modern social constructs serve to obscure. Transactions of the Charles S. Peirce Society Robert S. Corrington's creative, if unruly, take on American and Continental philosophy, psychology, and sacred aesthetics is refracted and reflected in this thoughtful collection, which will repay its readers in the pure thrill of speculation and thinking oriented toward the possibilities of the sacred emerging from the ground of nature naturing. This collection of essays is a welcome addition to growing effects of Corrington's ardent explication of ecstatic naturalism. -- Roger Ward, Georgetown College A Philosophy of Sacred Nature offers readers a detailed account of Robert S. Corrington's ecstatic naturalism as well as a consideration of the exciting directions in which Corrington's philosophy can be taken. Niemoczynski and Nguyen have done an admirable job of editing this collection, which brings together some of the best contemporary scholarship on ecstatic naturalism and shows its significance for philosophy, religion, society, aesthetics, the environment, metaphysics, and theology. This work will inspire a large number of readers from many different fields. -- Michael Strawser, University of Central Floridashow more

About Leon J. Niemoczynski

Leon Niemoczynski teaches in the philosophy department at Immaculata University. Nam T. Nguyen teaches philosophy at the University of Central Florida and humanities at Valencia College.show more

Table of contents

Chapter 1. Reflections on the Philosophy of Robert S. Corrington, Robert Cummings Neville Chapter 2. Ecstatic Naturalism, Robert S. Corrington Chapter 3. Naturalism and the Sacred, Martin O. Yalcin Chapter 4. The Spirit of Robert S. Corrington's Ecstatic Naturalism, Wade A. Mitchell Chapter 5. Nature's Primal Self: A Critique of Peirce's Semiotic Self and Jaspers' Existenz, Nam T. Nguyen Chapter 6. Corrington's "Natural Self" as the "Subject of Truth": Toward an Ecstatic Political Theology, Iljoon Park Chapter 7. Ecstatic Naturalism in American Psychological Biography, Joseph M. Kramp Chapter 8. Robert Corrington's Ecstatic Naturalism and the Social Construction of Reality, Wesley J. Wildman Chapter 9. Nature's Spontaneity and Intentionality: Ecocracy, Doing Non-Doing Principle of Donghak [Eastern Learning], Jea Sophia Oh Chapter 10. Ecology Re-naturalized, Leon J. Niemoczynski Chapter 11. Ecstatic Nature and Earthly Abyss: An Ecofeminist Journey to the Icelandic Volcano, Sigridur Gudmarsdottir Chapter 12. Cleaving the Light: The Necessity of Metaphysics, Guy Woodward Chapter 13. Unruly Gods: Schellingian Approaches to Theology in Robert Corrington and Philip Clayton, Austin J. Roberts Chapter 14. The Categorial Schema, Robert S. Corringtonshow more