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Toward a Theology of ErosTransfiguring Passion at the Limits of Discipline$
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Virginia Burrus and Catherine Keller

Print publication date: 2007

Print ISBN-13: 9780823226351

Published to Fordham Scholarship Online: March 2011

DOI: 10.5422/fso/9780823226351.001.0001

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American Transcendentalism's Erotic Aquatecture

American Transcendentalism's Erotic Aquatecture

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Toward a Theology of Eros

Robert S. Corrington

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Nature is methodic, but in a way that shatters all that we mean by that concept. It is method as nature or nature as method, rather than being a detached nature that could have a method, as if in addition to some other possibilities. Charles Sanders Peirce's nature has the method of instantiating thirdness—the power of which comes from the divine crystal consciousness. Ralph Waldo Emerson gives us something raw and untamed. This chapter brings our attention to the powerful flow of eros in and through the very torrents of nature. It argues that Emerson's thought effects a radical “liquification” of the conventional “architectural” distinctions drawn between ascending desire and descending love. This architectural concept, called aquatecture, lets eros enter into the erratic rhythms of the method of nature and brings up the depth-correlation between nature naturing and nature natured.

Keywords:   Charles Sanders Peirce, Ralph Waldo Emerson, nature, aquatecture, eros, architecture, desire, love, nature naturing, nature natured

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