Defense Date

3-10-2009

Availability

Immediate Access

Submission Type

dissertation

Degree Name

PhD

Department

Theology

School

McAnulty College and Graduate School of Liberal Arts

Committee Chair

Marie Baird

Committee Member

Gerald Boodoo

Committee Member

Elizabeth Agnes Cochran

Keywords

aesthetics, nature, culture, Sallie McFague, environment, ecology

Abstract

This dissertation focuses on the ecological theology of Sallie McFague, who, as part of her work, employs the use of aesthetics. This study recognizes her contribution and then seeks to build upon it.
In aim of this goal, a limited history of aesthetics in the Western tradition is surveyed and attention is given to three significant contemporary scholars in the field of aesthetics and nature/environment (Emily Brady, Allen Carlson, and Arnold Berleant). While this work intended to propose the rudiments of a Theological Aesthetics of Nature, we find that nature and culture are so intertwined that what is initially called for is a framework for a Theological Aesthetics of the Environment that supports approaching the environment of nature and culture with a sense of the unknown and with questions.

Format

PDF

Language

English

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Religion Commons

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