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EcospiritReligions and Philosophies for the Earth$
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Laurel Kearns and Catherine Keller

Print publication date: 2007

Print ISBN-13: 9780823227457

Published to Fordham Scholarship Online: March 2011

DOI: 10.5422/fso/9780823227457.001.0001

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Introduction: Grounding Theory—Earth in Religion and Philosophy

Introduction: Grounding Theory—Earth in Religion and Philosophy

(p.1) Introduction: Grounding Theory—Earth in Religion and Philosophy

Catherine Keller

Laurel Kearns

Fordham University Press

This introductory chapter begins with a discussion of the role of ecology in theology and philosophy. It argues that over the crucial decades of environmental degradation, critical discourses have developed that deconstruct presumptions about God, Man, and Nature, all the while perforating the boundaries between relevant disciplines. That loose cluster of philosophical and literary postmodernism, feminism and postcolonialism, poststructuralism and social constructivism has heated up and reshaped the terms of thought among and between academic disciplines. However, the key vocabularies in social, philosophical, and cultural theory for exposing the constructed character of the status quo—indeed, of all knowledge, and so of all legitimations of epistemic or social domination—invariably marginalize or eliminate ecological questions. An overview of the subsequent chapters is presented.

Keywords:   environmental ethics, ecology, nature

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