Prometheus Redeemed? From Autoconstruction to Ecopoetics

Kate Rigby

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

Prometheus Redeemed? From Autoconstruction to Ecopoetics

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This chapter considers one particular locus in the archaeology of constructivism found in the work of a writer and amateur scientist whose complex contribution to the emergence of modern ecological thought is only now beginning to be more widely appreciated: Johann Wolfgang von Goethe. Starting with his extraordinary recasting of the figure of Prometheus, in whom both the emancipatory promise and the other-denying menace of modernity are fatefully entwined, the chapter considers a number of contemporary philosophical responses to constructivism. It then returns to Goethe in order to contemplate whether, and how, in the postmodern present, Prometheus might in some sense be redeemed.

Keywords: Johann Wolfgang von Goethe; constructivism; ecology; Prometheus; ecological theology

Chapter.  6866 words. 

Subjects: Christian Theology

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