Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Ecstatic Naturalism 2014 Conference


The Fourth International Congress on Ecstatic Naturalism
April 11th & 12th
Campus of Drew University
Madison, New Jersey - USA

(Institute for Ecstatic Naturalism website HERE)


SCHEDULE                                                           

Friday, April 11, 2014

10:30 AM  Registration in Seminary Hall – Second  Floor

11:00 – 1:00 PM

“Don’t Touch That!”: The Terra Impulse and the Ontological Wound
Theresa M. Ellis – The University of Redlands

Humor and Selving: A Psychological Theory of Humor and its Relation to Involution and Evolution
Kwang Yu Lee – Drew University

Journeys into the Abyss: Nature, Psyche and Authenticity in a Comparison Between Jung’s the Red Book and Ancient Gnosticism
Jean Felipe de Assis – Federal University of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil


1:15—3:15 PM

Doing Justus to Nature and Psyche: Buchler and Yalcin’s Poetic Engagement of Sacred Folds and Thoreau’s Morning Work
Robert King – Utah State University

Finding Nature: Science, Religion, and Philosophy
Daniel Mininger – Drew University

Love in the Modern World: An Ordinal Psychoanalytic Reading of Personal Technologies, Artificial Intelligence, and Romance in Spike Jonze’s Her
Lydia York – Drew University


3:30—5:30 PM

Ever Not Quite: William James at the Nexus of Nature and Psyche
AJ Turner – Union Theological Seminary

Our Hearts Are in The Trim: Corrington And His Promise
Guy Woodward – Independent Scholar

Mindfulness (Besinnung) in Heidegger and Corrington
Rose Ellen Dunn – Princeton Theological Seminary


5:45 – 6:15 PM  Group photograph

6:30 PM  dinner

8:00 PM  Plenary Address by John J. Thatamanil – Union Theological Seminary

                                                                                   
Saturday, April 12, 2014

9:15 AM  Breakfast in the Atrium

10:00 – 12:00 AM

Moral Aesthetics and the Psyche: An Opening Inquiry into an Ethics for Ecstatic Naturalism
Nicholas Wernicki – Peirce College

Neoplatonic Theurgists as Aesthetic Naturalists
Marilynn Lawrence – Immaculata University

Humor and Joy in Ecstatic Naturalism: A Contrary Look at Robert Neville’s Reading of Nature’s Religion
Joseph M. Kramp – Florida Gulf Coast University


Lunch 12:15 – 1:15


1:30 – 3:00 AM  Centennial Recognition of Justus Buchler’s Birth

Discussion as a Form of Query: A Perspective on Buchler’s Educational Theory and Practice
Pamela Crosby – NASPA – Student Affairs Administrators in Higher Education

“Where Did Buchler’s Metaphysics Come From?”
Lawrence Cahoone – College of the Holy Cross

3:15 – 4:45 PM

Evolutionary Love and Ecstatic Naturalism
Adam Crabtree – Centre for Training in Psychotherapy, Toronto

Charles Peirce’s Semiotic Theory of the Self: An Ecstatic Naturalist Interpretation
Thurman Willison – Union Theological Seminary


5:00—6:30 PM

Natura Naturans: Two Conceptions of its Character, Importance, and Relations
Donald A. Crosby – Professor Emeritus, Colorado State University

Speculative Naturalism: A Bleak Theology in Light of the Tragic
Leon J. Niemoczynski – Immaculata University


6:30 PM dinner on your own

8:00 PM arts evening  followed by wine and cheese