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The Noetics of Nature: Environmental Philosophy and the Holy Beauty of the Visible

Bruce V. Foltz


Contemplative or “noetic” knowledge has been traditionally regarded as the highest mode of understanding, a view persisting in many non-Western cultures and in Eastern Christianity, where “thēoria physikē” (the illumined understanding of creation following the purification of the heart) is seen to provide deeper insights into nature than the discursive rationality modernity has used to dominate and conquer it. Working from texts in Eastern Orthodox philosophy and theology not widely known in the West, with a variety of other sources including mystics such as Maximos the Confessor and the Sufi ... More

Keywords: Environmental Philosophy, Ecotheology, Ecocriticism, Nature, Contemplation, Eastern Orthodoxy, Martin Heidegger, Maximus the Confessor, Pavel Florensky, Sergei Bulgakov

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2013 Print ISBN-13: 9780823254644
Published to Fordham Scholarship Online: May 2014 DOI:10.5422/fordham/9780823254644.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Bruce V. Foltz, author
Eckerd College