American Transcendentalism's Erotic Aquatecture

Robert S. Corrington

in Toward a Theology of Eros

Published by Fordham University Press

Published in print January 2007 | ISBN: 9780823226351
Published online March 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780823236718 | DOI:

Series: Transdisciplinary Theological Colloquia

American Transcendentalism's Erotic Aquatecture

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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

Chapter.  4984 words. 

Subjects: Christian Theology

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