A Semiotic Theory of Theology and Philosophy

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The concern of this work is with developing an alternative to standard categories in theology and philosophy, especially in terms of how they deal with nature. Avoiding the polemics of much contemporary reflection on nature, it shows how we are connected to nature through the unconscious and its unique way of reading and processing signs. Suggestions are made for a post-Christian way of understanding religion. Finally, our connection with the infinite is described in detail, especially as it relates to the use of sign systems.
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"The book's argument is worth the reader's effort." Journal of Religion

"Robert Corrington's recent book is a stunningly original and imaginatively developed work of metaphysics...Persons unfamiliar with Corrington's earlier work should brace themselves for an extraordinary reading experience with this text. Only a handful of brave souls really do metaphysics anymore; and absolutely no one does it in quite the way that Corrington does it." --Michael L. Raposa, Modern Theology

"This is speculative philosophy that is challenging and refreshing." Philosophy in Review

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780521093248
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
  • Publication date: 1/11/2009
  • Pages: 284
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Table of Contents

Preface                                ix
Nature, architectonic, and horizons 10
Four naturalisms 22
Motives, validation, and metaphysics 31
The transformation of psychoanalysis 42
The ontology of signs: roots and blooms 91
Four infinities 100
Local and regional traits 114
Internal semiotic contradiction and hermetic drift 119
Natural and interpretive communities 127
The pretemporal, temporal, and posttemporal 141
Aesthetic and religious signs 146
Petroglyphs 153
Spirit 163
The signs/object correlation 170
Archetypal and generic meanings 182
Semiotic competition 190
Nascent meanings and engrams 195
Consummated signs 204
Entropy and self-organization 208
Spirits 212
Four species of sacred folds and intervals 225
Die Potenzen 245
References 251
Index 266
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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 27, 2000

    Highly recommended

    Robert Corrington's new book, 'A Semiotic Theory of Theology and Philosophy' is a breakthrough book combining the fields of semiotics, theology, and philosophy, as grounded in a new metaphysics of nature. For those who are interested in exploring and examining the metaphysical and semiotic perspectives of a new movement called 'ecstatic naturalism,' this is an important book, especially since it is the culmination of Corrington's six earlier books as they have shaped his unfolding project of ecstatic naturalism. To understand Corrington's ecstatic naturalism - both as a semiotic theoretical method and a metaphysics that probes deeply into the mystery of nature's perennial self-fissuring of 'nature natured' and 'nature naturing,' his semiotic trilogy ('Ecstatic Naturalism: Signs of the World,' 'Nature's Self: Our Journey from Origin to Spirit,' and 'Nature's Religion') is also a must. The author believes that ecstatic naturalism is a viable alternative to traditional analytic and phenomenological forms of philosophy and to supernaturalistic theology. 'A Semiotic Theory of Theology and Philosophy' probes into the ontological difference or into Spinoza's distinction between 'natura naturans' and 'natura naturata' by examining four perspectives of naturalism; namely, descriptive (Dewey, Santayana, Buchler), honorific or spirit (Schelling, Emerson, Heidegger), process (Whitehead, Teilhard de Chardin, Hartshorne), and ecstatic (Peirce, Tillich, Corrington), semiotic cosmology, the paradoxical relation between nature and psychosemiosis, the dimensions of the pretemporal, temporal, and posttemporal, the ecstatic naturalist concept of spirits, the semiotic horizons of meaning, and the notion of the 'potencies.' In this book, Corrington also presents a form of theistic naturalism or post-Christian universalist perspective in understanding religious traits or divinities in nature. This is a breakthrough book because this kind of metaphysical work, especially the metaphysics of nature, has rarely been as originally and profoundly articulated. This book has succeeded in its ambitious project and indeed offered a major contribution to both philosophy and theology. For those who value the metaphysics of nature and find importance in semiotics, this book is highly recommended.

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