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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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Prometheus Redeemed? From Autoconstruction to Ecopoetics

Prometheus Redeemed? From Autoconstruction to Ecopoetics

(p.233) Prometheus Redeemed? From Autoconstruction to Ecopoetics

Kate Rigby

Fordham University Press

This chapter considers one particular locus in the archaeology of constructivism found in the work of a writer and amateur scientist whose complex contribution to the emergence of modern ecological thought is only now beginning to be more widely appreciated: Johann Wolfgang von Goethe. Starting with his extraordinary recasting of the figure of Prometheus, in whom both the emancipatory promise and the other-denying menace of modernity are fatefully entwined, the chapter considers a number of contemporary philosophical responses to constructivism. It then returns to Goethe in order to contemplate whether, and how, in the postmodern present, Prometheus might in some sense be redeemed.

Keywords:   Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, constructivism, ecology, Prometheus, ecological theology

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