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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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Toward a Deleuze-Guattarian Micropneumatology of Spirit-Dust

Toward a Deleuze-Guattarian Micropneumatology of Spirit-Dust

(p.252) Toward a Deleuze-Guattarian Micropneumatology of Spirit-Dust

Luke Higgins

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This chapter proceeds on the assumption that healthy ecological relationships cannot be held to a single, static pattern of interrelation, but instead must be flexibly negotiated and renegotiated in an ongoing process. This is by no means to devalue ecological stability, but rather to recognize that, in complex systems, stability precisely depends on a certain flexibility, or “improvisation,” in that system's relational balancing. It is argued that ecotheology is best served not when it theologically endorses some given relational structure of the Whole but when it views the divine as the inspiritor of relational becoming. Gilles Deleuze and Felix Guattari, particularly in A Thousand Plateaus, provide important conceptual tools for helping us to rethink Spirit on a micrological level as the Spirit-dust that animates the creative, interrelational becoming of the cosmos.

Keywords:   ecological theology, ecotheology, Gilles Deleuze, Felix Guattari, A Thousand Plateaus, Spirit-dust

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