The Third International Congress on Ecstatic Naturalism continues the work of the first two Congresses in extending the philosophical and theological implications of ecstatic naturalism, a perspective originally developed by Professor Robert S. Corrington. The point of origin for ecstatic naturalism is the ontological divide between nature naturing (natura naturans) and nature natured (natura naturata). Nature naturing is defined as “nature perennially creating itself out of itself alone,” while nature natured is defined as “the innumerable orders of the world.”
The papers of this year’s Congress will focus on the relation of ecstatic naturalism to art and aesthetics. Questions are raised as to whether and how art can transform or perhaps replace religion as the or a primary mode of comportment toward the world. Historically the correlations of ecstatic naturalism to empirical and process metaphysics will be examined as will the roles psychoanalysis can play in both personal and social transformation, especially through art and a transfigured relation to nature.