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Seeing Through God : A Geophenomenology

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Playing on the various meanings of Seeing Through God, John Llewelyn explores the act of looking in the wake of the death of the transcendent God of metaphysics. Taking up strategies developed by the Western sciences for seeing and observing, he finds that the so-called tough-minded practices of the physical sciences are very much at home with the so-called tender-minded practices of Eastern religions. Instead of opposing East and West, Llewelyn thinks that blending these spheres leads to a better understanding of aesthetic experience and imagination. In this blending, he presents a phenomenological description of the imagination and the ethical and religious dimensions of the act of imagining. Seeing Through God touches on themes of salvation, the preservation of the environment, and the role of God in our temptation to dishonor the earth. This unique book presents Llewelyn as one of the leading interpreters of the environmental phenomenology movement.
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Product details

  • Hardback | 216 pages
  • 155 x 235 x 21mm | 458.13g
  • Indiana University Press
  • Bloomington, IN, United States
  • English
  • 1 index
  • 0253343461
  • 9780253343468

About John Llewelyn

John Llewelyn is Emeritus Reader in Philosophy at the University of Edinburgh. He is author of Appositions of Jacques Derrida and Emmanuel Levinas (IUP, 2002.)
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Table of contents

Preliminary Table of Contents: PrefaceAcknowledgmentsPrologomena To Any Future Phenomenological EcologyWhat is phenomenology?; Ecologies and environments; Performance; Justice adjusted; Ancillae philosophiae1.Gaia ScienzaThe Gaia Hypothesis; Morally shallow contractualism; Morally deep eudaemonism; Protogaia; Geoethics East and West2. Occidental Orientation Descartes defended; Bacon befriended; Particulars3. On the Saying that Philosophy Begins in WonderGreek Greeks; German Greeks; The gods are also even here4. BelongingsFootwear; Fiability; Safety from safety5. A Footnote in the History of PhusisBetween a rock and a hard place; The outcast; Animation; Metaphysics; Readiness to foot; Raisins and almonds; Thanks6. Touching EarthMaxwell's maxim; Witnessing earth; Figures and fingers; Deposition; Dirt; Nature and art; Sacrilege7. Seeing Through GodOnly a god; The manufacture of corpses; Divinity; Divination; Salvation as salutation8. Regarding RegardingPaint, therein lies salvation; The tears of things; Aslant of light9. Seeing Through Seeing ThroughLandscape and inscape; Cosmic cleansing; Theological vandalism; How things lookNotesIndex
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"Seeing Through God is a major work - perhaps even the major work - by one of the most original voices in Continental philosophy today." --John Sallis
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