Tuesday, December 3, 2013

ecstatic naturalism 2014

 Fourth International Congress on Ecstatic Naturalism: 
Call for Papers


The Institute for Ecstatic Naturalism (Orpheus) is issuing a call for papers for the Fourth International Congress on Ecstatic Naturalism to be held at Drew University on April 11th and 12th, 2014. The theme for this year's Congress is Nature and Psyche although papers on other topics pertinent to ecstatic naturalism will be considered. The deadline for submission of a 500 word abstract is January 15th. Final selections will be made on February 11th.

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 Ecstatic Naturalism is a philosophical perspective that argues that nature is all that there is and that the domains of the sacred are in and of nature. More particularly, nature is fissured into the great divide between nature naturing (natura naturans) and nature natured (natura naturata). Nature naturing is defined as “nature perennially creating itself from out of itself alone,” while nature natured is defined as the “innumerable orders of the world.” From this primal ontological distinction or division all else flows. 

   The inaugural text for this movement is Nature and Spirit: An Essay in Ecstatic Naturalism, (Fordham University Press, 1992), by Robert S. Corrington. The most recent books in this philosophical trajectory are: Nature's Sublime, by Robert S. Corrington, Nature’s Primal Self, by Nam T. Nguyen, Charles Sanders Peirce: A Religious Metaphysics of Nature, by Leon Niemoczynski, Fearsome Entrancing, by Guy Woodward, Ralph Waldo Emerson: A Psychological Biography, by Joseph Kramp, and Naturalism’s Philosophy of the Sacred, by Martin O. Yalcin. 

 The plenary speaker for this year’s Congress will be Professor John J. Thatamanil from Union Seminary in New York City, author of The Immanent Divine: God, Creation, and the Human Predicament—An East-West Conversation (Fortress Press).

 Please send your abstract to: Leon Niemoczynski at lniemocz [insert sign here] mail.immaculata.edu 

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The Institute for Ecstatic Naturalism, 12 Campus Drive, Drew University, Madison, NJ 07940

 Executive Director - Robert S. Corrington 

Institute Board - Kevin Boileau, Rose Ellen Dunn, Sigridur Gudmarsdottir, Nancy Howell, Chae Young Kim, Robert C. Neville, Elaine Padilla, Nicholas Wernicki