The Return of Nature

The Return of Nature

On the Beyond of Sense
John Sallis
Distribution: Global
Publication date: 09/30/2016
Format: Paperback
ISBN: 978-0-253-02313-1
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John Sallis dismantles the traditional conception of nature in this book of imagination and the cosmos. In the thought of Emerson, Hegel, and Schelling, Sallis discerns the seeds of an understanding of nature that goes against the modern technological assault on natural things and opens a space for a revitalized approach to the world. He identifies two fundamental reorientations that philosophical thought is called on to address today: the turn to the elemental in nature and the turn from nature to the cosmos at large. He traces the elusive course of the imagination, as if coming from nowhere, and describes the way in which it bears on the relation of humans to nature. Sallis's account demonstrates that a renewal of our understanding of nature is one of the prime imperatives we demand from philosophy today.

Author Bio

John Sallis is Frederick J. Adelmann Professor of Philosophy at Boston College. He is author of more than 20 books, including Light Traces (IUP, 2014) and Logic of Imagination (IUP, 2012).


“The Return of Nature is an inspiring read which engages its readers from the very beginning. It can be read by anyone looking to open up their mind to the reflection on other ways to live more closely in tune with their own nature and to the nature that is around them.”
 — Phenomenological Reviews

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Table of Contents

1. The Return of Nature
2. The Birth of Nature
3. Return to Nature
4. Return from the Nature beyond Nature
5. The Elemental Turn
6. The Cosmological Turn
7. Coming as if from Nowhere
8. The Plurality of Nature and the Disintegration of Difference

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