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

  • ISBN-13: 9780253343468
  • Publisher: Indiana University Press
  • Publication date: 12/15/2003
  • Series: Studies in Continental Thought Series
  • Pages: 216
  • Product dimensions: 6.12 (w) x 9.25 (h) x 0.81 (d)

Meet the Author

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:
Prologomena To Any Future Phenomenological Ecology
What is phenomenology?; Ecologies and environments; Performance; Justice adjusted; Ancillae philosophiae
1.Gaia Scienza
The Gaia Hypothesis; Morally shallow contractualism; Morally deep eudaemonism; Protogaia; Geoethics East and West
2. Occidental Orientation
Descartes defended; Bacon befriended; Particulars
3. On the Saying that Philosophy Begins in Wonder
Greek Greeks; German Greeks; The gods are also even here
4. Belongings
Footwear; Fiability; Safety from safety
5. A Footnote in the History of Phusis
Between a rock and a hard place; The outcast; Animation; Metaphysics; Readiness to foot; Raisins and almonds; Thanks
6. Touching Earth
Maxwell's maxim; Witnessing earth; Figures and fingers; Deposition; Dirt; Nature and art; Sacrilege
7. Seeing Through God
Only a god; The manufacture of corpses; Divinity; Divination; Salvation as salutation
8. Regarding Regarding
Paint, therein lies salvation; The tears of things; Aslant of light
9. Seeing Through Seeing Through
Landscape and inscape; Cosmic cleansing; Theological vandalism; How things look

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