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The Human Eros: Eco-ontology and the Aesthetics of Existence

Thomas Alexander


This book explores themes in classical American philosophy, primarily the thought of John Dewey, but also that of Ralph Waldo Emerson, George Santayana, and Native American traditions. It argues that human beings have an inherent need to experience meaning and value, a “Human Eros.” Our various cultures are symbolic environments or “spiritual ecologies” within which the Human Eros seeks to thrive. This is how we inhabit the earth. Encircling and sustaining our cultural existence is nature, yet Western philosophy has not provided adequate conceptual models for thinking ecologically. The book in ... More

Keywords: philosophy, John Dewey, Ralph Waldo Emerson, George Santayana, pragmatism, naturalism, Human Eros, spiritual ecologies, existence, eco-ontology

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2013 Print ISBN-13: 9780823251209
Published to Fordham Scholarship Online: September 2013 DOI:10.5422/fordham/9780823251209.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Thomas Alexander, author
Southern Illinois University at Carbondale