Institute for Ecstatic Naturalism.


Institute for Ecstatic Naturalism

About Ecstatic Naturalism

Contemporary ecstatic naturalism was first formulated in Professor Robert S. Corrington’s Nature and Spirit: An Essay in Ecstatic Naturalism (Fordham University Press, 1992). This has been followed by a number of publications further extending the scope of this unique portrayal of nature, perhaps best expressed in his Ecstatic Naturalism: Signs of the World (Indiana University Press, 1994) and A Semiotic Theory of Theology and Philosophy (Cambridge University Press, 2000). More recently Professor Corrington has written the following books: Nature’s Sublime: An Essay in Aesthetic Naturalism (2015) (Lexington Books)Deep Pantheism: Toward a New Transcendentalism (2016) (Lexington Books), and Nature and Nothingness: An Essay in Ordinal Phenomenology (2017) (Lexington Books). In these later works Corrington probes into the correlation of psychosemiotics with the psychoanalytic theories of Freud, Rank, Jung, Reich and Kristeva wherein the human unconscious shows itself to be the multiform gateway to the vast underconscious of nature. Theologically, panentheism is critiqued for its intemperate application of theories of relation and teleology to an unwieldy theory of nature as the “order of orders.”

Ninth International Congress on Ecstatic Naturalism

Friday, April 12 – Saturday, April 13
The Great Hall, S.W. Bowne Hall
Drew University, Madison, New Jersey
Co-Chairs: Stephanie Theodorou (University of Central Florida) and Robert S. Corrington (Drew University)

Congress Theme

Race, Class, and Gender in Ecstatic Naturalism

(“Perkiomen in November” by Marilynn Lawrence”)

This year’s Congress will explore the possibilities of an ecstatic naturalist analysis of race, class, and gender.  There will be some other topics as well.  The main question is: can a metaphysics of nature, resting on the distinction between nature naturing (the unconscious of nature) and nature natured (the orders of the world) shed light on the origins and effects of racism,  class warfare, and gender discrimination?  We note that ecstatic naturalism has worked for decades to undermine patriarchy and forms of injustice.  We are now at the nexus where these commitments need to be made explicit and further prospects proffered.


Papers and most of the meals will take place in the Great Hall of the Graduate School Building (S. W. Bowne)

Registration table open throughout Congress with Sarah O’Brien

Korean Presenters

In order, from top to bottom; column 1: Dr. Song YongSup; Dr. Park Iljoon; and Dr. Kim JungDoo; column 2: Dr. Son Moon; Dr. Kim SooYun; and Dr. Jun HyunShik

Registration Information

Overnight Accommodations

For a reduced room rate, please call the Madison Hotel in Morristown, NJ at 800-526-0729 and mention you are attending this conference at Drew University.

Travel from Madison Hotel to Drew University

There is a shuttle bus from the hotel to Drew and private rides with graduate students can be arranged. For more information, please contact Robert Corrington at 201-400-4135.