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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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Seeing God in All Things

Seeing God in All Things

Nature and Divinity in Maximos, Florensky, and Ibn ‘Arabi

(p.175) Chapter 8 Seeing God in All Things
The Noetics of Nature

Bruce V. Foltz

Fordham University Press

Perhaps the intellectual asceticism of the phenomenological reduction as a path to “seeing” the things themselves entails a partial rediscovery of the purification (katharsis) of the heart undertaken by the great mystical traditions as a way to see the divine in all things. This convergence of the phenomenological with the poetic and mystical, intimated in Heidegger’s later thought, is studied here in three otherwise disparate figures. In Maximos the Confessor, the discipline of thēoria physikē is employed to hear the divine word (logos) inhering in each thing. In the Sufi mystic Ibn ‘Arabi, there is an attempt to see how all things have a “specific face” turned toward God and revealing a divine face. And Pavel Florensky urges us to “perceive all of creation in its original and triumphant beauty.” These figures indicate the reunion of heaven and earth sought in the great mystical traditions but neglected in Western thought.

Keywords:   Phenomenology, St. Maximos the Confessor, St. Maximus the Confessor, Thēoria Physikē, Logoi, Martin Heidegger, Pavel Florensky, Ibn ‘Arabi, Specific Face, Mysticism

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