Towards enhanced divine-human-earth relations: a Christian-Buddhist contribution

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dc.contributor.advisor Parkes, Graham en
dc.contributor.author Twomey, Margaret P.
dc.date.accessioned 2015-06-02T15:12:10Z
dc.date.available 2015-06-02T15:12:10Z
dc.date.issued 2014
dc.date.submitted 2014
dc.identifier.citation Twomey, M. P. 2014. Towards enhanced divine-human-earth relations: a Christian-Buddhist contribution. PhD Thesis, University College Cork. en
dc.identifier.endpage 227
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10468/1834
dc.description.abstract The central claim of the dissertation is that lesser known and somewhat neglected, yet influential thinkers, within classical religious traditions have something worthwhile to contribute to the kind of ethos we should adopt in the face of the world’s various environmental crises. Moreover an exploration of such perspectives is best done in dialogue, particularly between Eastern and Western thought. I examine this claim primarily through a dialogue between the Christian philosopher John Scottus Eriugena and the Japanese Buddhist philosopher Kūkai (Kōbō Daishi). This dialogue, framed by the triad of divine-human-earth relations, primarily emphasises the oneness of all reality, and it finds expression in Eriugena’s concept of natura or phusis and Kūkai’s central teaching that the phenomenal world is the cosmic Buddha Dainichi. By highlighting this focus, I contribute to the existing academic field of ecology and religion on the subject of holism. However, I go beyond the materialist focus that generally marks such ecological holism within that field, offering instead a more metaphysical approach. This is indicated through my use of the concept of ‘immanental transcendence’ to describe Eriugena’s and Kūkai’s dynamic, numinous and mysterious notion of reality, as well as my exploration of Eriugena’s concept of theophany and Kūkai’s notion of kaji. I further explore how both philosophers highlight the human role in the process of reaching enlightenment—understood as attaining union with the whole. In that regard, I note significant differences in their positions: in particular, I note that Kūkai’s emphasis on bodily practices contrasts with Eriugena’s more conceptual approach. Finally to bolster my claim, I examine some ecologically oriented understandings of contemporary phenomenological approaches found particularly in the work of Jean-Luc Marion and to a lesser extent Merleau-Ponty, arguing that these reflect notions of reality and of the human role similar to those of the medieval philosophers. en
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dc.publisher University College Cork en
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dc.subject Eriugena en
dc.subject Kukai en
dc.subject Japanese Buddhist philosophy en
dc.subject Medieval Christian philosophy en
dc.subject Ecological theology en
dc.subject Gift and givenness en
dc.subject Jean-Luc Marion en
dc.subject Ecology and religion en
dc.subject Environmental philosophy en
dc.subject Ecophenomenology en
dc.subject Transcendence and immanence en
dc.subject Environment en
dc.title Towards enhanced divine-human-earth relations: a Christian-Buddhist contribution en
dc.type Doctoral thesis en
dc.type.qualificationlevel Doctoral en
dc.type.qualificationname PhD (Arts) en
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dc.description.version Accepted Version
dc.description.status Not peer reviewed en
dc.internal.school Philosophy en
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ucc.workflow.supervisor g.parkes@ucc.ie
dc.internal.conferring Summer Conferring 2014


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