Nature's Self: Our Journey from Origin to Spirit

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Rowman & Littlefield, 1996 - Philosophy - 186 pages
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In Nature's Self, Robert Corrington develops a dramatic new perspective on the self-in-process, probing the tension between our origins in the material and our fragmentary fulfillment in the spirit. Between the self's origin in that Kristeva calls the "material maternal" and its transition into the public world of signs Corrington sees a tension expressed in a dialectic of melancholy and eros. This tension would remain static were it not for the entrance of the spirit that lies in the heart of nature. The drama of the unfolding of the spirit, Corrington argues, is one of the most powerful struggles within the human process. The spirit is in and of nature and can never lift the self outside of nature. For Corrington's ecstatic naturalism, there is no realm of the supernatural, only dimensions and orders within nature.
Nature's Self avoids the pitfalls of both contemporary materialism, which can reduce the self to either blind behavior or dimly understood brain states, and poststructuralism, which often sees the self as the locus of an explosion of free-floating signs and meanings that have no intrinsic contour. Instead, Corrington argues that, while the self emerges from and is embedded in an infinite and inescapable nature, it harbors possibilities of transcendence.
  

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Contents

Natures Self and the Ontological Difference
1
Finitude and Embodiment
23
A Positioning and Origins
25
B Depositioning and
40
C Repositioning and Return
50
Fitful Transcendence
61
A Public Intersections
62
B Developmental Teleology and the Unconscious
73
B Fissuring
112
C Providingness
123
Natures SelfDisclosure
131
A Disruptive Grave
133
B Eschatology and the Heart of Nature
143
C Transfiguration
153
Bibliography
163
Index
179

C The SpiritInterpreter
85
Potencies and Infinitesimals
97
A SelfOthering
98
About the Author
187
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About the author (1996)

Robert S. Corrington is Associate Professor of Philosophical Theology at Drew University. He is the author of four previous books, including An Introduction to C.S. Peirce (Rowman & Littlefield, 1993) and Ecstatic Naturalism: Signs of the World (Indiana University Press, 1994).

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