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 – Saturday, April 14
Founders Room, Mead Hall
Drew University, Madison, New Jersey
Co-Chairs: Leon Niemoczynski (Moravian College) and Robert S. Corrington (Drew University)

Congress Theme

Mind, Semiotics, and Symbols in Nature

The 8th International Congress on Ecstatic Naturalism will probe into the myriad connections among human and animal minds, the role of semiotics in nature and the power of symbols.  A wide variety of positions will be presented, among them: a defense and critique of panpsychism, the nature of deep pantheism, Idealism, materialism, biosemiotics, the human body, quantum physics, gravity waves, AI, environmental ethics and ecstatic naturalism, Daoism, Confucianism, and the fissuring between nature naturing and nature natured.

Behind all of these efforts is the drive to unfold a more capacious understanding of nature and the role of mind in it.  Evolution will be contrasted as each articulates a different aspect of the mind/nature correlation. Especially important is the examination of what might be called “nature’s mind” and its unconscious depths.


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.