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.”

Eighth International Congress On Ecstatic Naturalism

Friday, April 13–14 2018
Campus of Drew University, Madison, New Jersey
Look for more information and registration to come.

Ralph Waldo Emerson Prize

Given to a graduate student, or someone who earned her or his PhD within the past five years, the Ralph Waldo Emerson Prize is given for the best paper by a junior scholar. The prize comes with a $500 award.

To qualify for the Emerson Prize, you must write on Ecstatic Naturalism per se. As for the others papers of the conference, the page limit is eight pages. Please be sure to send the completed paper to Robert S. Corrington at by March 10, 2018.