Nature and Spirit: An Essay in Ecstatic Naturalism

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Taking the postmodern sense of alienation and fragmentation seriously, Nature and Spirit: An Essay in Ecstatic Naturalism provides an alternative perspective for understanding the self and its world. The focus shifts away from a purely textual or deconstructive reading of the world toward a metaphysical conception of nature and spirit, which jointly provide an ultimate meaning for the self. Phenomenological descriptions are made of the human process and its struggles between its finite and transcendent ...
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Overview

Taking the postmodern sense of alienation and fragmentation seriously, Nature and Spirit: An Essay in Ecstatic Naturalism provides an alternative perspective for understanding the self and its world. The focus shifts away from a purely textual or deconstructive reading of the world toward a metaphysical conception of nature and spirit, which jointly provide an ultimate meaning for the self. Phenomenological descriptions are made of the human process and its struggles between its finite and transcendent dimensions. The self is located within both natural and interpretive (i.e., hermeneutic) communities, and the semiotic implications of both types of community are detailed. The phenomenon of worldhood, i.e., that which is not a world or within the world but which locates and encompasses all worlds, is examined from the standpoint of a transformation of Heidegger's formulations. The pragmatic and semiotic dimensions of worldhood are defined in the context of an enlarged conception of nature. Finally, God's several dimensions are explored as they relate to each other and to the world within which they are often embedded. Process theology is challenged for its failure to explore what the author considers to be the fragmented yet self-transfiguring quality of the divine life.
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Corrington (philosophical theology, Drew U.) proposes a metaphysical conception of nature to combat the purely textual or deconstructive readings that tend to undermine any meaning for the self. His essay locates the human process and its struggle between the finite and transcendent dimensions. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780823213627
  • Publisher: Fordham University Press
  • Publication date: 1/1/1992
  • Edition description: 2
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 207
  • Product dimensions: 9.10 (w) x 6.20 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

Robert S. Corrington is Associate Professor of Philosophical Theology in the Graduate and Theological Schools of Drew University.

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Table of Contents

Preface
Introduction: The Method and Scope of the Treatise 1
1 The Human Process 40
2 The Signs of Community 83
3 Worldhood 120
4 The Divine Natures 162
Bibliography 197
Index 203
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