Thursday, March 19, 2015

Program highlights for Ecstatic Naturalism 2015



Fifth International Congress on Ecstatic Naturalism

2015 Theme: American Philosophy of Nature

Drew University, Madison, NJ

The Shore of the Turquoise Sea – Albert Bierstadt, 1878



Friday – April 10th, 2015

Registration Table: 8:30-9am (Seminary Hall)

Morning sessions:

9-10:15am: American Philosophy of Nature and the Sublime
Yeol “Earl” Kim – "On the Sublime of Nature: Aesthetic Naturalism of Robert S. Corrington and of Gilles Deleuze"
Guy Woodward – "American Sublime"

10:30-11:45am: American Philosophy of Nature and Deep Ecology
Jea Sophia Oh – "A Lament over Frankenstein, Nature Un-natured: A Deep Ecology with Sacred Seed”
Leon Niemoczynski – “The Naturalistic Idealism of American Philosopher John William Miller: His Concept of ‘Midworld’ Applied to Philosophical Ecology”

Lunch 12:00 – 12:50pm


Afternoon sessions:

1:00-2:15pm: American Philosophy of Nature and C. S. Peirce
David Rohr - “A Peirce-Inspired Theory of Pansemiosis: Living Semiosis within a Semiotic Cosmos”
Nick Guardiano - “Ecstatic Naturalism and Transcendentalist Aesthetics on the Creativity of Nature”

Group photograph 2:30-2:45pm

3:00-4:45pm: "A Religion of Nature": Special Panel on the Work of Donald Crosby
Demian Wheeler  - “Is a Process Form of Ecstatic Naturalism Possible? A Reading of Donald Crosby”
Wesley Wildman and Robert Cummings Neville – “The Crosby Dialogues”
Donald Crosby – “Response

Dinner 5:00-6:30pm

Plenary address 7:00pm with Opening Remarks by Dean Javier Viera:

"The Agony and Ecstasy of Religious Naturalism”

LeRon Shults, Ph.D., Ph.D.
Professor of Theology and Philosophy
University of Agder
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Saturday – April 11th, 2015

Registration Table: 8:30-9am (Seminary Hall)

Morning sessions:

9:00-10:15am: American Philosophy of Nature and Moral Aesthetics
Robert King – "John Dewey’s 'Consummatory Experience' and Ecstatic Naturalism:
A Common Faith?"
Nick Wernicki - "Ecstatic Naturalism and Moral Aesthetics: Building a Framework for an Ethics"

10:30-11:45am: American Philosophy of Nature and Ralph Waldo Emerson
Rose Ellen Dunn – "Wild Air: Toward a Poetics of Ecstatic Naturalism and Transcendentalism"
David Johnson - "Disclosing the Image: Ecstasy and Imagery in Emerson and Nietzsche"

Lunch 12:00-12:50pm - Award of the Emerson Prize During Lunch

Afternoon sessions:

1:00-2:15pm: American Philosophy of Nature and Immanent Transcendence
Jonathan Weidenbaum – "Spiritual Naturalism and the Theologies of Transcendence"
Stephanie Theodorou – "Mind as Substance and Subject: Hegel, Naturalism, and The Sacred"

2:30-3:45pm: American Philosophy of Nature and Psychoanalysis
Wade Mitchell – "From the Bottomless Lake of Consciousness: Peirce, Neuropsychoanalysis & Ecstatic Naturalism"
Kwang Yu Lee – "In Search of a Common Ground for Selving and Syntheism: A Psychoanalytic Appraisal of Ontological Stability"

4:00-5:15pm: American Philosophy of Nature and Process Naturalism from Chaosmos to Cosmos
Keunsik Lee – "The Role of Personality within the formation of Community identity"
Austin Roberts – "Chaosmic Naturalisms: Exploring the Pantheist Philosophies of Robert S. Corrington & Roland Faber"

5:15-6:00pm "Syntheism's Relationship to Ecstatic Naturalism": Special Panel of Alexander Bard and Robert S. Corrington
Alexander Bard
Robert S. Corrington

Dinner 6:00 – 7:30