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Wilderness as the Place between Philosophy and Theology: Questioning Martin Drenthen on the Otherness of Nature

Forrest Clingerman

Environmental Values 19 (2010): 211-232. doi: 10.3197/096327110X12699420220635


This essay addresses how the idea of wilderness is a point of conversation between environmental philosophy and environmental theology. This topic is approached through a conversation with the environmental philosophy of Martin Drenthen. First, I discuss the respective aims of environmental philosophy and environmental theology. Second, I summarise the work of Drenthen on wilderness and otherness. Third, I compare this vision of environmental philosophy and a theological concept of Divine Otherness. Finally I sketch how this exploration is part of a theological account of wilderness. Taking seriously Drenthen's view that wilderness is the otherness at the intersection of nature and culture, wilderness can be understood as indicative of Divine Otherness. Thus wilderness is a unique place where theological and philosophical thinking traverse and challenge each other.


Ecological theology, wilderness, otherness, Martin Drenthen

REFERENCES to other articles in Environmental Values:

Wildness as a Critical Border Concept: Nietzsche and the Debate on Wilderness Restoration. Martin Drenthen

Ecological Restoration and Place Attachment: Emplacing Non-Places?.Martin Drenthen

The Value of Nature's Otherness Simon A. Hailwood

CITATIONS in other Environmental Values articles

Landscapes Devoid of Meaning? A Reply to Note. Martin Drenthen

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