Encyclopedia of Psychology and Religion

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Ecstatic Naturalism

  • Joseph M Kramp
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DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-642-27771-9_9364-1

History and Origins in the Work of Robert S. Corrington

Ecstatic naturalism is an ideology that views nature as having an unconscious filled with vast amoral potencies. This term, first coined by Robert S. Corrington, assumes that nature is all there is; divinity is manifest only in nature. Ecstatic naturalism is, therefore, also reasonably labeled a theology, though one that is heavily influenced by psychoanalysis and American pragmatism. Though heavily influenced by Emerson, Thoreau, Jung, Kristeva, C. S. Pierce, and other American pragmatists, the first work in the school of ecstatic naturalism was Robert S. Corrington’s Nature and Spirit: An Essay in Ecstatic Naturalism (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 (1994) and Nature’s Religion (1997). In these later works, Corrington probes into the correlation of psychosemiotics with...


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.John Jay CollegeNew York CityUSA