The Noetics of Nature
Environmental Philosophy and the Holy Beauty of the Visible
Publication Year: 2013
Published by: Fordham University Press
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Title Page, About the Series, Copyright
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In a b re ezy, lightly forested, unassuming neighborhood in Istanbul, less than a hundred yards uphill from the powerful currents of the Golden Horn and its great ships passing by, not far from the site where the once invincible walls of ancient Constantinople were fi nally breached after eleven hundred years, can be found a place called the ...
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In a book commending the iconographic power of the visible to lead beyond discursivity, it might appear unseemly for its author to begin speaks eloquently for itself. But if images (and the sheer visibility of creation) can direct us beyond our thoughts, this same element can also bring us back enriched to thinking, and to gratitude as well—...
IntroductionThe Noetics of Nature
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The sense can easily arise that we are missing something, cut off As the blue of the sky and the sea changed by the hour, the thought arose, whether the East could be for us another sun-rising of light and clarity. . . . The Asiatic element once brought to the Greeks a dark fi re, a fl ame that their poetry and thought reorder with light and ...
1Whence the Depth of Deep Ecology?
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Despite their pretensions to depth, dreams are affairs of the surface. motion, but always a lateral rather than a vertical movement, one that never arrives at its own denouement since the advent of fi nality is inevitably the moment the dreamer awakes—to the deeper breath-ing of relief or of longing, but awakes outside the dream even as it is ...
2Nature’s Other Side
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The idea of a universe that is self-subsistent—standing entirely on its own, fully operational and intelligible, independent from any-thing outside itself—is both odd and modern. In the course of human experience, it is an extraordinary concept, defying the shared wisdom Europe and its sphere of infl uence. And even within this orbit it is ...
3Layers of Nature in ThomasTraherne and John Muir
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No Western philosopher has provided a richer context for address-Heidegger, the ancient (and perhaps future) experience of nature as physis or “self-emergence,” as the site of “the arrival of the gods” and thus as “divinely beautiful,” has been supplanted in modernity by the experience of nature as object (Gegenstand) and ultimately as ...
4Sailing to Byzantium
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The beauty of the city is not as heretofore scattered over it in patches, but covers the whole area like a robe woven to the fringe. The city gleams with gold and porphyry . . . Were Constantine to see the city he founded . . . he would fi nd it fair, not with apparent but Constantinople. Constantinopolis. Nova Roma: “the polis founded ...
5The Resurrection of Nature
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I once heard talk of the old days, how animals and trees and rocks would speak with men . . . In the old days all nature is supposed to We try to live honorably so that we can discern the inner meaning of existent things, and . . . make our way to the divine Logos in the For nearly three decades, environmental philosophy has been caught ...
6The Iconic Earth
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The silence of the earth seemed to merge with the silence of the heavens, the mystery of the earth touched the mystery of the stars . . . understand why he longed so irresistibly to kiss it, to kiss all of it, but he was kissing it, weeping, sobbing, and watering it with his tears, and he vowed ecstatically to love it, to love it unto ages ...
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Much on earth is concealed from us, but in place of it we have been granted a secret, mysterious sense of our living bond with the other world, with the higher heavenly world, and the roots of our thoughts and feelings are not here but in other worlds. That is why philosophers say it is impossible on earth to conceive the essence of ...
8Seeing God in All Things
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Go to the pine if you want to learn about the pine, or to the bamboo if you want to learn about the bamboo. And in doing so, you must leave your subjective preoccupation with yourself. Otherwise you impose yourself on the object and do not learn. Your poetry issues of you have plunged deep enough into the object to see something like ...
9The Glory of God Hidden in Creation
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Just as we have two bodily eyes, so we have two spiritual eyes, and each has its own way of seeing. With one we see the glory of God hidden in creatures; with the other we contemplate the glory of God’s holy nature when he deigns to give us access to the mysteries.Every fi eld has its canonical works, texts exerting such great infl u-...
10Between Heaven and Earth
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...this process, perhaps even the principal cause. Meanwhile, global warming has replaced pollution, and even species depletion, as the pursuit and lavish expenditure of natural energies that have contrib-uted to this problem stand as indictments of our shared complicity in environmental disruption, signs of modernity’s “original sin” ...
11Nature and Other Modern Idolatries
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The Enlightenment fought with the opponent’s weapons. In the We have to psychoanalyze science, purify it. . . . Its concept of Nature is often only an idol to which the scientist makes sacrifi ces, the reasons for which are due more to affective motivations than to A curious paradox with far-reaching implications. William Blake—...
12Traces of Divine Fragrance,Droplets of Divine Love
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And all of these refer to some slight trace of the divine fragrance, which the whole creation, after the manner of a jar for ointments, All things around us are droplets of the love of God—both things animate and inanimate, the plants and the animals, the birds and the mountains, the sea and the sunset and the starry sky. They are little ...
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Index of Terms in Greek,German, and Latin
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Index of Names and Places
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Other Works in the Series
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Interpreting Nature: The Emerging Field of Environmental Hermeneutics The Noetics of Nature: Environmental Philosophy and the Holy Beauty The Logos of the Living World: Merleau-Ponty, Animals, and Language Foltz_Series list.indd 1Foltz_Series list.indd 1 8/13/2013 9:47:36 PM8/13/2013 9:47:36 PMFoltz_Series list.indd 2Foltz_Series list.indd 2 8/13/2013 9:47:36 PM8/13/2013 9:47:36 PM...
Page Count: 288
Publication Year: 2013
Series Title: Groundworks: Ecological Issues in Philosophy and Theology