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Interpreting NatureThe Emerging Field of Environmental Hermeneutics$
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Forrest Clingerman, Brian Treanor, Martin Drenthen, and David Utsler

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780823254255

Published to Fordham Scholarship Online: May 2014

DOI: 10.5422/fordham/9780823254255.001.0001

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Might Nature Be Interpreted as a “Saturated Phenomenon”?

Might Nature Be Interpreted as a “Saturated Phenomenon”?

(p.82) Chapter 4 Might Nature Be Interpreted as a “Saturated Phenomenon”?
Interpreting Nature

Christina M. Gschwandtner

Fordham University Press

This essay applies Marion’s notion of the “saturated phenomenon” to natural phenomena and suggests that they might be interpreted as “saturated” in Marion’s sense. The essay also insists that such phenomena require interpretation, therefore providing a critique of some aspects of Marion’s project. The author draws out the implications of what it might mean to interpret phenomena of nature as saturated and how this might help address certain concerns in environmental philosophy, in particular setting this paper in relationship with other issues raised in the same volume.

Keywords:   Marion, Jean-Luc, saturated phenomenon, nature, Environmental philosophy, Excess, Phenomenology, Philosophical hermeneutics

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