Getting Over “Nature”: Modern Bifurcations, Postmodern Possibilities

Barbara Muraca

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

Getting Over “Nature”: Modern               Bifurcations, Postmodern Possibilities

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This chapter retraces some of the ways “nature” has both entered and escaped philosophical concern. It proposes a reconstruction of nature as a complex field of meanings, drawing on Heidegger's analysis of the physis/techné dichotomy, its reference to a premodern concept of nature, and its consequences for modern technology. It then focuses on Whitehead's notion of a “bifurcated nature,” which supports and grounds the development of modern science. Finally, the chapter presents Vattimo's concept of “getting over” as an alternative to an overhasty overcoming that risks repressing its own long shadows.

Keywords: nature; Heidegger; Whitehead; bifurcated nature; Vattimo; physis; techné; ecological theology

Chapter.  8652 words. 

Subjects: Christian Theology

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