Review: Thinking Nature and the Nature of Thinking – Willemien Otten

In Thinking Nature and the Nature of Thinking Willemien Otten discusses a concept of nature that differs from the concept that dominates current discussions on nature within theology, science and environmental studies. We find ‘thinking nature’ in the work of two ‘eccentric’ thinkers, Johannes Scottus Eriugena (9th century) and Ralph Waldo Emerson (19th century) but there are also elements of this line of thought in the work of other theologians and philosophers. Otten shows that this alternate way of thinking nature can be a powerful contribution to the present debate on nature, creation and environmental issues.

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