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The Noetics of NatureEnvironmental Philosophy and the Holy Beauty of the Visible$
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Bruce V. Foltz

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780823254644

Published to Fordham Scholarship Online: May 2014

DOI: 10.5422/fordham/9780823254644.001.0001

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The Resurrection of Nature

The Resurrection of Nature

Environmental Metaphysics in Sergei Bulgakov’s Philosophy of Economy

(p.88) Chapter 5 The Resurrection of Nature
The Noetics of Nature

Bruce V. Foltz

Fordham University Press

Sergei Bulgakov’s Philosophy of Economy presents an understanding of nature that overcomes environmental philosophy’s polarization into anthropocentrism and deep ecology. Economy here is something unitary and concrete: both humanity in nature and at the same time, nature in humanity, i.e. a phenomenon both materialistic and idealistic. With Marx, Bulgakov maintains that a certain materialism must be conceded today, but so too must nature’s radical mediation for us through the human: not just through science and technology, but especially in art, poetry, and theology. The latter are crucial for building an economy that respects the Divine Wisdom, the Holy Sophia present in nature. i.e. toward an Edenic economy, which he contrasts with a diabolical economy that defiles and destroys sophianic nature. Our task is to prepare the earth as a household (ecos) that permits us, as Hölderlin said, to dwell poetically upon the earth. One-sided views shatter that unitary reality.

Keywords:   Philosophy of Economy, Sergei Bulgakov, Ecos (Household), Karl Marx, Anthropocentrism, Earth Household, Deep Ecology, Sophia, Holy Wisdom, Poetic Dwelling

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