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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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Getting Over “Nature”: Modern Bifurcations, Postmodern Possibilities

Getting Over “Nature”: Modern Bifurcations, Postmodern Possibilities

(p.156) Getting Over “Nature”: Modern Bifurcations, Postmodern Possibilities

Barbara Muraca

Fordham University Press

This chapter retraces some of the ways “nature” has both entered and escaped philosophical concern. It proposes a reconstruction of nature as a complex field of meanings, drawing on Heidegger's analysis of the physis/techné dichotomy, its reference to a premodern concept of nature, and its consequences for modern technology. It then focuses on Whitehead's notion of a “bifurcated nature,” which supports and grounds the development of modern science. Finally, the chapter presents Vattimo's concept of “getting over” as an alternative to an overhasty overcoming that risks repressing its own long shadows.

Keywords:   nature, Heidegger, Whitehead, bifurcated nature, Vattimo, physis, techné, ecological theology

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