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April 10, 2015 - April 11, 2015

Albert Bierstadt, "The Shore of the Turquoise Sea", 1878
Albert Bierstadt, “The Shore of the Turquoise Sea”, 1878

On April 10-11, Drew Theological School will host the Fifth International Congress on Ecstatic Naturalism. Also known as Deep Pantheism and Religious Naturalism, Ecstatic Naturalism is a philosophical system developed over the past twenty-five years by Robert Corrington, Henry Anson Buttz Professor of Philosophical Theology at Drew Theological School.

The plenary address at this year’s congress will be delivered by F. LeRon Shults, Professor of Theology and Philosophy at the University of Agder, Norway, whose recent book, Iconoclastic Theology: Gilles Deleuze and the Secretion of Atheism (Edinburgh University Press, 2014), has been attracting much attention across several disciplines. Professor Shults has also recently authored Theology after the Birth of God: Atheist Conceptions in Cognition and Culture (Palgrave Macmillan, 2014).

The complete program follows:

Friday, April 10, 2015

8:30-9 a.m. Registration Table

Morning sessions

9-10:15 a.m. American Philosophy of Nature and the Sublime
Yeol Kim, “On the Sublime of Nature: Aesthetic Naturalism of Robert S. Corrington and of Gilles Deleuze”
Guy Woodward, “American Sublime”

10:30-11:45 a.m. 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”

12-12:50 p.m. Lunch

Afternoon sessions

1-2:15 p.m. 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”

2:30-2:45 p.m. Group photograph

3-4:45 p.m. “A Religion of Nature”: Special Panel on the Work of Donald Crosby
Demian Wheeler
Wesley Wildman
Robert Cummings Neville
Donald Crosby

5-6:30 p.m. Dinner

7 p.m. Plenary address 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

Saturday, April 11, 2015

8:30-9 a.m. Registration Table

Morning sessions

9-10:15 a.m. 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”

10:30-11:45 a.m. American Philosophy of Nature and Ralph Waldo Emerson
Rose Ellen Dunn, “Wild Air: Toward a Poetics of Ecstatic Naturalism and Transcendentalism”
David Johnson, “Emersonian Rapture, Ecstasy, and the Perception of Truth”

12-12:50 p.m. Lunch
Award of the Emerson Prize During Lunch

Afternoon sessions

1-2:15 p.m. 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”

2:30-3:45 p.m. 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”

4-5:15 p.m. 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 p.m. “Syntheism’s Relationship to Ecstatic Naturalism”: Special Panel of Alexander Bard and Robert S. Corrington

7 p.m. Dinner

For more information:
Abigail Turner-Lauck Wernicki

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April 10, 2015
April 11, 2015
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