Working from texts in Eastern Orthodox philosophy and theology not widely known in the West, as well as a variety of sources including mystics such as the Sufi Ibn ‘Arabi, poets such as Basho, Traherne, Blake, Hölderlin, and Hopkins, and nature writers such as Muir, Thoreau, and Dillard, The Noetics of Nature challenges both the primacy of the natural sciences in environmental thought and the conventional view, first advanced by Lynn White, Jr., that Christian theology is somehow responsible for the environmental crisis.
Instead, Foltz concludes that the ancient Christian view of creation as iconicits “holy beauty” manifesting the divine energies and constituting a primal mode of divine revelationoffers the best prospect for the radical reversal that is needed in our relation to the natural environment.
|Publisher:||Fordham University Press|
|Series:||Groundworks: Ecological Issues in Philosophy and Theology|
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About the Author
and The Noetics of Nature: Environmental Philosophy and the Holy Beauty of the Visible (Fordham University Press), as well as coeditor of Toward an Ecology of Transfiguration: Orthodox Christian Perspectives on Environment, Nature, and Creation (Fordham University Press). He is finishing a new monograph to be called Nature and Other Modern Idolatries.
Table of Contents
Introduction: The Noetics of Nature
1. Whence the Depth of Deep Ecology? Natural Beauty and the Eclipse of the Holy
2. Nature's Other Side: The Demise of Nature and the Phenomenology of Givenness
3. Layers of Nature in Thomas Traherne and John Muir: Numinous Beauty, Onto-theology, and Polyphony of Tradition
4. Sailing to Byzantium: Nature and City in the Greek East
5. The Resurrection of Nature: Environmental Metaphysics in Sergei Bulgakov's Philosophy of Economy
6. The Iconic Earth: Nature Godly and Beautiful
7. Seeing Nature: Theôria Physikê in the Thought of St. Maximus the Confessor
8. Seeing God in All Things: Nature and Divinity in Maximus, Florensky, and Ibn 'Arabi
9. The Glory of God Hidden in Creation: Eastern Views of Nature in Fyodor Dostoevsky and St Isaac the Syrian
10. Between Heaven and Earth: Did Christianity Cause Global Warming?
11. Nature and Other Modern Idolatries: Kosmos, Ktisis, and Chaos in Environmental Philosophy
12. Traces of Divine Fragrance, Droplets of Divine Love: the Beauty of Visible Creation in Byzantine Thought and Spirituality