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Toward an Ecology of TransfigurationOrthodox Christian Perspectives on Environment, Nature, and Creation$
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John Chryssavgis and Bruce V. Foltz

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780823251445

Published to Fordham Scholarship Online: January 2014

DOI: 10.5422/fordham/9780823251445.001.0001

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Sedimentation of Meaning in the Concepts of Nature and the Environment

Sedimentation of Meaning in the Concepts of Nature and the Environment

(p.175) Sedimentation of Meaning in the Concepts of Nature and the Environment
Toward an Ecology of Transfiguration

James Carey

Fordham University Press

A concern of present-day philosophy is the problem identified by Edmund Husserl as “sedimentation.” This chapter looks at this concept. In time, sedimentation occurs—sedimentation not only of the meaning of the concept but also of its problematic character, which did not go unnoticed by those who first came up with the concept. The concept of nature has become almost completely sedimented in our time. Today nature is most often held to be just the totality of things that are, apart from man. This chapter urges Orthodox bishops and theologians, as they contemplate incorporating “the environment” and cognate words into the liturgical and theological language of the Church, to scrutinize the concept they refer to as soberly, cautiously, and critically as the Church Fathers centuries before them scrutinized the concept of nature.

Keywords:   Edmund Husserl, sedimentation, nature, the environment, Church Fathers, theological language

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