The Noetics of Nature: Environmental Philosophy and the Holy Beauty of the Visible by Bruce V. FoltzThe Noetics of Nature: Environmental Philosophy and the Holy Beauty of the Visible by Bruce V. Foltz

The Noetics of Nature: Environmental Philosophy and the Holy Beauty of the Visible

byBruce V. Foltz

Paperback | November 11, 2013

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Contemplative or "noetic" knowledge has traditionally been seen as the highest mode of understanding, a view that persists both in many non-Western cultures and in Eastern Christianity, where "theoria physike," or the illumined understanding of creation that follows the purification of the heart, is seen to provide deeper insights into nature than the discursive rationality modernity has used to dominate and conquer it.

Working from texts in Eastern Orthodox philosophy and theology not widely known in the West, as well as a variety of sources including mystics such as the Sufi Ibn 'Arabi, poets such as Basho, Traherne, Blake, Hölderlin, and Hopkins, and nature writers such as Muir, Thoreau, and Dillard, The Noetics of Nature challenges both the primacy of the natural sciences in environmental thought and the conventional view, first advanced by Lynn White, Jr., that Christian theology is somehow responsible for the environmental crisis.

Instead, Foltz concludes that the ancient Christian view of creation as iconic-its "holy beauty" manifesting the divine energies and constituting a primal mode of divine revelation-offers the best prospect for the radical reversal that is needed in our relation to the natural environment.

Bruce V. Foltz, Professor of Philosophy at Eckerd College and Founding President of the International Association for Environmental Philosophy, is the author of Inhabiting the Earth: Heidegger, Environmental Ethics, and the Metaphysics of Nature, and co-editor of two collections, including Toward an Ecology of Transfiguration: Orthodox...
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Title:The Noetics of Nature: Environmental Philosophy and the Holy Beauty of the VisibleFormat:PaperbackDimensions:320 pagesPublished:November 11, 2013Publisher:Fordham University PressLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0823254658

ISBN - 13:9780823254651

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Bruce Foltz has written an original and compelling book that deserves wide attention. Drawing on Greek Patristic thought, recent environmental writers, Orthodox theology and aesthetics, and the wide sweep of philosophy from the ancient Greeks to today's phenomenology, Foltz opens multiple, fresh lines of insight and inquiry. The Noetics of Nature is an impressive achievement and a much-needed, new voice in current conversations on the healing of earth.