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

Thomas Alexander

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
September 2013
ISBN:
9780823251209
eISBN:
9780823252756
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Fordham University Press
DOI:
10.5422/fordham/9780823251209.001.0001
Subject:
Philosophy, American Philosophy

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 ... More


Introduction

Thomas M. Alexander

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

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
September 2013
ISBN:
9780823251209
eISBN:
9780823252756
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Fordham University Press
DOI:
10.5422/fordham/9780823251209.003.0001
Subject:
Philosophy, American Philosophy

This book explores an “aesthetics of human existence” in terms of an ecological, humanistic naturalism. It argues that human beings seek to live with a concrete, embodied experience of meaning and ... More


The Aesthetics of Reality: The Development of Dewey’s Ecological Theory of Experience

Thomas M. Alexander

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

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
September 2013
ISBN:
9780823251209
eISBN:
9780823252756
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Fordham University Press
DOI:
10.5422/fordham/9780823251209.003.0002
Subject:
Philosophy, American Philosophy

This chapter looks at some of the major developments that led John Dewey to his radical break with the Western philosophical tradition. It argues that Dewey’s philosophy set the stage for a more ... More


Between Being and Emptiness: Toward an Eco-ontology of Inhabitation

Thomas M. Alexander

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

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
September 2013
ISBN:
9780823251209
eISBN:
9780823252756
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Fordham University Press
DOI:
10.5422/fordham/9780823251209.003.0004
Subject:
Philosophy, American Philosophy

This chapter discusses the “eco-ontological” position by putting John Dewey into conversation with the Madhyamika Buddhism of Nāgārjuna. It compares the Western tradition’s “ontology of identity” ... More


The Being of Nature: Dewey and Buchler and the Prospect for an Eco-ontology

Thomas M. Alexander

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

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
September 2013
ISBN:
9780823251209
eISBN:
9780823252756
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Fordham University Press
DOI:
10.5422/fordham/9780823251209.003.0005
Subject:
Philosophy, American Philosophy

This chapter examines two powerful conceptions of the ontologies of nature, one by John Dewey and another by Justus Buchler. It considers an ontology that ultimately makes a commitment to a ... More


Tricksters and Shamans: Eros, Mythos, and the Eco-ontological Imagination

Thomas M. Alexander

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

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
September 2013
ISBN:
9780823251209
eISBN:
9780823252756
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Fordham University Press
DOI:
10.5422/fordham/9780823251209.003.0013
Subject:
Philosophy, American Philosophy

The concept of aisthēsis—the “aesthetic” reconceived as ecstatic, transformative existence—is a mode of participatory existence that becomes a crucial part of a humanistic ecology, or “eco-ontology.” ... More


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