Introduction: Grounding Theory—Earth in Religion and Philosophy

Catherine Keller and Laurel Kearns

in Ecospirit

Published by Fordham University Press

Published in print June 2007 | ISBN: 9780823227457
Published online March 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780823236626 | DOI:

Series: Transdisciplinary Theological Colloquia

Introduction: Grounding Theory—Earth in Religion and             Philosophy

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This introductory chapter begins with a discussion of the role of ecology in theology and philosophy. It argues that over the crucial decades of environmental degradation, critical discourses have developed that deconstruct presumptions about God, Man, and Nature, all the while perforating the boundaries between relevant disciplines. That loose cluster of philosophical and literary postmodernism, feminism and postcolonialism, poststructuralism and social constructivism has heated up and reshaped the terms of thought among and between academic disciplines. However, the key vocabularies in social, philosophical, and cultural theory for exposing the constructed character of the status quo—indeed, of all knowledge, and so of all legitimations of epistemic or social domination—invariably marginalize or eliminate ecological questions. An overview of the subsequent chapters is presented.

Keywords: environmental ethics; ecology; nature

Chapter.  6210 words. 

Subjects: Christian Theology

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