What does it mean for nature to be sacred? Is anything supernatural or even unnatural? Nature's Transcendence and Immanence: A Comparative Interdisciplinary Ecstatic Naturalism discusses nature's divinizing process of unfolding and folding through East-West dialogues and interdisciplinary methodologies. Nature's selving/god-ing processes are the sacred that is revealed as nature's transcendent and immanent dimensions. Each chapter of Nature's Transcendence and Immanence: A Comparative Interdisciplinary Ecstatic Naturalism shares a part of nature's sacred folds that are complexes within nature that have unusual semiotic density. These discussions serve to help restore a better relationship to nature as a whole through an innovative combination of research and ideas from a variety of traditions and disciplines. This collection not only introduces ecstatic naturalism and deep pantheism as sacred practices of philosophy and theology, but also invites a broader audience from a wide range of academic disciplines such as neuro-psychoanalysis, aesthetics, mythology, neuroscience, and artificial intelligence
Foreword by Robert S. Corrington
An Introduction—Marilynn Lawrence with Jea Sophia Oh
I. Between Immanence and Transcendence of Nature
1. Chaosmic Naturalisms: Cosmological Immanence, Multiplicity and Divinity in Corrington and Faber—Austin Roberts
2. Trinitarian Nature? Tehom, Word and Spirit: A Constructive and Contemplative Journey Through Pannikar, Tillich, and Corrington—Rory McEntee
3. Wild Air: Toward a Poetics of Ecstatic Naturalism—Rose Ellen Dunn
II. Nature’s Semiosis and Unconscious
4. Driven from the Bottomless Lake of Consciousness: Neuropsychoanalysis, Peirce, and an Ecstatic Naturalism—Wade A. Mitchell
5. Groundwork for a Transcendentalist Semeiotics of Nature—Nicholas L. Guardiano
6. The Meaning of Nature: Toward a Philosophical Ecology—Leon Niemoczynski
7. Landscapes of the Unconscious and the Longings of Nature—Elaine Padilla
III. Nature’s Plurality and Hybridity
8. Mystical Pluralism: James, Blood, and the Experience of Ecstatic Nature—Thomas Millary
9. Vulnerable Transcendence of Nature: A Naturalistic Reading of Hybridity, Beginning, and Colliding in Chinese Creation Mythology—Jea Sophia Oh
10. A Post-Naturalist Idea of Ec-stacy: An East-West Dialogue in a Post-Human Age—Iljoon Park
11. Daseok’s God in Dialogue with Deep Pantheism and Process Panentheism—Hiheon Kim
About the Contributors
Marilynn Lawrence teaches philosophy at Immaculata University. Jea Sophia Oh is assistant professor of philosophy at West Chester University.
- Austin Roberts
- Rory McEntee
- Rose Ellen Dunn
- Wade Mitchell
- Nicholas Guardiano
- Leon Niemoczynski
- Elaine Padilla
- Thomas Millary
- Jea Sophia Oh
- Iljoon Park
- Hiheon Kim
"Robert S. Corrington's "Ecstatic Naturalism" is an important philosophical manifesto for our time. It combines American and Continental philosophy, semiotics, psychoanalysis, art, and other motifs into a rich blend of philosophical and religious wisdom – all focused on the mysterious processes of nature as these relate to human life. The authors of this edited collection focus on Ecstatic Naturalism from a variety of insightful directions, both appreciative and critical, and help in this way to bring its fascinating facets and challenging possibilities into view."
– Donald A. Crosby, Colorado State University
"Nature's Transcendence and Immanence provides us with an exciting glimpse into the ongoing interdisciplinary and intercultural conversations of a growing group of scholars contributing to the vitally contingent "community of interpreters" working in the constellation of Robert Corrington's unique brand of ordinal phenomenology, deep pantheism, and ecstatic naturalism. This particular set of essays offers many exemplary and insightful perspectives on how to do comparative philosophy-cum-theology in an ecstatically naturalistic vein."
– Joseph E. Harroff, East Stroudsburg University of Pennsylvania
"This book is an important contribution to the expanding body of work on Ecstatic Naturalism. It represents emerging thought from well-established scholars on the philosophy of Robert S. Corrington. The text is a masterful collection of essays from the perspectives of philosophy, theology, and psychoanalysis."
– Nicholas J. Wernicki, Delaware County Community College
"This sparkling, startling set of thought-experiments in a naturalism always exceeding itself demonstrates the pluriversal potential of the "community of interpreters". Beautifully framed, the creative brilliance of these fresh voices, bursting with dialogical diversity, sustains a gripping momentum. It carries the reader along the crumbling edges of the natural, the cultural, the human, the technological, the western, the religious, the possible."
– Catherine Keller, Drew University