nicholas guardiano / southern illinois university carbondale cstatic naturalism and classical American philosophy both emphasize the creative possibilities of nature and expound metaphysical views in support of them. ecstatic naturalism proposes that the creative transformations witnessed at the level of nature natured are sustained and empowered by nature naturing, which consists in innumerable "potencies." This view has a historical precedence in charles Peirce's evolutionary cosmology, most notably in its cosmogonic stage of a "Platonic world" that consists in innumerable aesthetic potentialities. While Peirce's cosmological position shares some affinities with ecstatic naturalism, it nonetheless proposes its own unique theoretical stance on the creativity of nature. by comparing the two philosophies, we may come to understand important doctrinal details on which they converge and diverge, and to see that Peirce's cosmology has consequences for an "aesthetic transcendentalism" of nature that originates with his new england intellectual heritage that includes ralph Waldo emerson, henry James, sr., and other transcendentalists. I. Peirce's "Platonic World" and the Creativity of Nature1 in "The logic of continuity," the final lecture of his 1898 cambridge lecture series, Peirce features the Platonic world as an early stage of cosmogenesis. for Peirce, cosmogenesis is an evolutionary process that
American Journal of Theology & Philosophy – University of Illinois Press
Published: May 27, 2016
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