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What is the proper relationship between human beings and the more-than-human world? This philosophical question, which underlies vast environmental crises, forces us to investigate the tension between our extraordinary powers, which seem to set us apart from nature, even above it, and our thoroughgoing ordinariness, as revealed by the evolutionary history we share with all life.
The contributors to Being-In-Creation ask us to consider whether the anxiety of unheimlichkeit, which in one form or another absorbed so much of twentieth-century philosophy, might reveal not our homelessness in the cosmos but a need for a fundamental belongingness and implacement in it.
Brian Treanor is Professor of Philosophy and Director of Environmental Studies at Loyola Marymount University. Bruce Ellis Benson is Professor of Philosophy at Wheaton College, Illinois. Norman Wirzba is Professor of Theology and Ecology at Duke Divinity School and Research Professor at Duke's Nicholas School for the Environment.
"Being-in-Creation, edited by Benson, Treanor, and Wirzba is a well-conceived and beautifully-executed collection of essays on a vitally important topic. In a situation of acute ecological crisis, we require the resources of all of our philosophical, theological and religious traditions, including the rich veins opened up for us here by the contributors, to offer us new ways of thinking about and living in the world."
– Clayton Crockett, University of Central Arkansas
"This is a marvelous collection of essays with immense creative potential. Indeed, Being-in-Creation is opening up the doors of continental philosophy to shape a rich ecological theology. A groundbreaking contribution!"
– Mary Evelyn Tucker, Yale University