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Drew Student Wins Ralph Waldo Emerson Prize

Sarah O’Brien recognized for her paper on ecstatic naturalism.

April 2019 – A doctor of philosophy candidate at Drew Theological School was honored at this year’s Annual Congress on Ecstatic Naturalism at Drew.

Sarah O’Brien claimed the Ralph Waldo Emerson Prize for her paper, “Ordinal and Ontological Undoing of Patriarchal Metaphysics: A Phenomenological and Ecofeminist Intervention.” O’Brien theorizes that a combination of ontological parity, ordinal phenomenology within ecstatic naturalism and ecofeminist philosophy can intervene the Anthropocene.

O’Brien was among 22 students and professors from the U.S. and Korea who spoke on a broad range of topics that included race, class, gender, radical empiricism and the economics of nature.

Desmond Coleman, another Graduate Division of Religion student at the Theological School, was featured as a plenary speaker for his paper, “On Being Sunk.”

The international conference is the brainchild of Robert Corrington, the developer of the philosophy of ecstatic naturalism and the Henry Anson Buttz Professor of Philosophical Theology at the Theological School. It began in 2011.