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A Notion of “Immanent Transcendence” and Its Feasibility in Environmental Ethics

A Notion of “Immanent Transcendence” and Its Feasibility in Environmental Ethics <jats:sec><jats:title>Abstract</jats:title><jats:p>The focus of this paper is twofold. The main part is dedicated to an exploration of a possible foundation for a notion of “immanent transcendence” in environmental philosophy. As a foil to constructivist and relativist positions on “nature” as human creation/projection, I discuss nature as a self-emerging process larger than—hence <jats:italic>transcendent of</jats:italic>—us that is not linked to the supernatural (either religious transcendent power or “higher” metaphysical reality), by considering and building on a phenomenological account of the <jats:italic>lived experience</jats:italic> of nature, including an acknowledgment of the <jats:italic>otherness</jats:italic> of nature. This basis of an “immanent transcendence,” though distinct from religious transcendence, might nonetheless be categorized as a form of <jats:italic>spirituality</jats:italic>, and can be linked to the emergent “spiritual, but not religious” selfidentifi cation. In the final part, having established this framework, I consider its feasibility as a basis for environmental action and ethics.</jats:p> </jats:sec> http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Worldviews Brill

A Notion of “Immanent Transcendence” and Its Feasibility in Environmental Ethics

Worldviews , Volume 15 (3): 268 – Jan 1, 2011

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Brill
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© 2011 Koninklijke Brill NV, Leiden, The Netherlands
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1363-5247
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1568-5357
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10.1163/156853511X588653
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Abstract

<jats:sec><jats:title>Abstract</jats:title><jats:p>The focus of this paper is twofold. The main part is dedicated to an exploration of a possible foundation for a notion of “immanent transcendence” in environmental philosophy. As a foil to constructivist and relativist positions on “nature” as human creation/projection, I discuss nature as a self-emerging process larger than—hence <jats:italic>transcendent of</jats:italic>—us that is not linked to the supernatural (either religious transcendent power or “higher” metaphysical reality), by considering and building on a phenomenological account of the <jats:italic>lived experience</jats:italic> of nature, including an acknowledgment of the <jats:italic>otherness</jats:italic> of nature. This basis of an “immanent transcendence,” though distinct from religious transcendence, might nonetheless be categorized as a form of <jats:italic>spirituality</jats:italic>, and can be linked to the emergent “spiritual, but not religious” selfidentifi cation. In the final part, having established this framework, I consider its feasibility as a basis for environmental action and ethics.</jats:p> </jats:sec>

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WorldviewsBrill

Published: Jan 1, 2011

Keywords: TRANSCENDENCE; SPIRITUALITY; ETHICS; RELIGION; ENVIRONMENTALISM

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