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.”

7th International Congress On Ecstatic Naturalism

Topic: Suffering And Evil In Nature: Western And Asian Perspectives

April 7th and 8th 2017 – At Drew University Ehinger Student Center Crawford Room

Starting at 9:00 am Friday the 7th and ending at 6:00 pm Saturday the 8th.

Call for papers: Send 300 word abstracts (final papers to be 8 pages double spaced) to Robert S. Corrington at or to Jea Sophia Oh at

Due date: March 1st

Ralph Waldo Emerson Prize

Given to a graduate student, or someone who got her or his phd within the past five years, 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 in the other papers, the page limit is 8 pages. Send the completed paper to either of the above emails by march 1st.

The general theme of the congress should take place within the context of religious or non-religious naturalism as in the previous six years.


$75 for faculty and $25 for graduate students. Shortly we will have an online site for registering with credit cards. Persons using cash or check can register at the congress.

If there are any questions, please don’t hesitate to call me (Robert S. Corrington) at: 201 400-4135 (cell).

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Co-Chairs of 2017 Congress

Robert S. Corrington (Drew University)
Jea Sophia Oh (West Chester University of Pennsylvania)

Ursula Goodenough – Plenary Speaker

Professor Ursula Goodenough is a world-renowned researcher in the relation between genetics and evolution. Mother of five children, she received her PhD from Harvard University in biology. For years, she has been on the faculty of Washington University in Saint Louis and has co-taught an undergraduate course on The Epic of Evolution for non-science majors and graduate courses on microbial biology. Professor Goodenough is working on the life-cycle of flagellated green alga. She is the President of the Religious Naturalist Association and has been elected a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. She identifies herself as a religious naturalist and has written a best-selling book, The Sacred Depths of Nature.