Institute for Ecstatic Naturalism.


Institute for Ecstatic Naturalism

About Ecstatic Naturalism

Contemporary ecstatic naturalism was first formulated in Professor Robert S. Corrington’s Nature and Spirit: An Essay in Ecstatic Naturalism (Fordham University Press, 1992). This has been followed by a number of publications further extending the scope of this unique portrayal of nature, perhaps best expressed in his Ecstatic Naturalism: Signs of the World (Indiana University Press, 1994) and A Semiotic Theory of Theology and Philosophy (Cambridge University Press, 2000). More recently Professor Corrington has written the following books: Nature’s Sublime: An Essay in Aesthetic Naturalism (2015) (Lexington Books)Deep Pantheism: Toward a New Transcendentalism (2016) (Lexington Books), and Nature and Nothingness: An Essay in Ordinal Phenomenology (2017) (Lexington Books). In these later works Corrington probes into the correlation of psychosemiotics with the psychoanalytic theories of Freud, Rank, Jung, Reich and Kristeva wherein the human unconscious shows itself to be the multiform gateway to the vast underconscious of nature. Theologically, panentheism is critiqued for its intemperate application of theories of relation and teleology to an unwieldy theory of nature as the “order of orders.”

Tenth International Congress on Ecstatic Naturalism

The Tenth International Congress has been postponed.

Congress Theme

Prospects for Ecstatic Naturalism in the Climate Crisis


(“Turning Road” by Andre Derain, 1906)

Call for Proposals

If you are interested in presenting at the Congress this year, please submit a one page abstract of your proposed paper (including title). Full papers for all student participants are due by March 25th. Please these materials to Dr. Robert Corrington at

Ralph Waldon Emerson Prize

Given to a graduate student, or someone who earned her or his PhD within the past five years, the Ralph Waldo Emerson Prize is given for the best paper by a junior scholar. The prize comes with a $500 award.

To qualify for the Emerson Prize, you must write on Ecstatic Naturalism per se, and you must not have previously won the Emerson Prize before. If you are competing for the Prize, please include your interest in the competition at the top of your one page abstract.

Registration Information

The Tenth International Congress has been postponed.

Overnight Accommodations

For a reduced room rate, please call the Madison Hotel in Morristown, NJ at 800-526-0729 and mention you are attending this conference at Drew University.

Travel from Madison Hotel to Drew University

There is a shuttle bus from the hotel to Drew and private rides with graduate students can be arranged. For more information, please contact Robert Corrington at 201-400-4135.