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Books Authored

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Riding the Windhorse: Manic Depressive Disorder and the Quest for Wholeness, (Lanham, MD: Hamilton Books, 2003)

Preface [download]
Chapter One: A Life's Journey and Its Dreamscape
Chapter Two: Body and Soul: Medical and Psychological Vistas
Chapter Three: Creativity and Genius in Manic-Depression
Chapter Four: Intimations of Wholeness
Appendix: My Passage From Panentheism to Pantheism.


Wilhelm Reich: Psychoanalyst and Radical Naturalist, (New York: Farrar, Straus & Giroux, 2003) ISBN 0-374-250-022

Chapter One: Family Tragedy, Sexual Awakening, and World War I
Chapter Two: Medical School, Freud, and the Early Papers
Chapter Three: The Function of the Orgasm, And Late Reflections on Father Freud
Chapter Four: The Sexual is the Social and The Mass Psychology of Fascism
Chapter Five: Character Analysis
Chapter Six: Displacement, Orgone, Cosmic Religion, and Christ
Chapter Seven: The Bursting Front of the New


A Semiotic Theory of Theology and Philosophy, (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2000), xi & 268 pgs. ISBN 0-521-78271-6 (hard). Second edition, Cambridge, 2009. ISBN-13: 9780521093248; Korean translation.

First Part: The Paradox of 'Nature' and Psychosemiosis [download chapter]
Second Part: The Sign Vehicle and Its Pathways
Third Part: World Semiosis and the Evolution of Meaning



Nature's Religion (Lanham, MD: Rowman & Littlefield, Pub., 1997). xvi & 206 pgs. ISBN 0-8476-8699-X (hard), ISBN 0-8476-8750-3 (paper).
Foreword by Robert C. Neville

Introduction: The How of Nature and the Where of the Sacred
Chapter One: Sacred Folds
Chapter Two: Intervals
Chapter Three: Unruly Ground
Chapter Four: Spirit's Eros


Nature's Self: Our Journey from Origin to Spirit, (Lanham, MD: Rowman & Littlefield, Pub.,1996) vii & 187 pgs. ISBN 0-8476-8133-5 (hard), ISBN 0-8476-8134-3 (paper).

Introduction: Nature's Self and the Ontological Difference
Chapter One: Finitude and Embodiment
Chapter Two: Fitful Transcendence
Chapter Three: Potencies and Infinitesimals
Chapter Four: Nature's Self-Disclosure


Ecstatic Naturalism: Signs of the World, Advances in Semiotics, (Bloomington, IN: IndianaUniversity Press, 1994) xiv & 218 pgs. ISBN 0-253-31441-0 (hard).

Foreword by John Deely: Natura Naturans and Natura Naturata
Introduction: Semiotics and Metaphysics
Chapter One: Ecstatic Naturalism
Chapter Two: Infinite Semiosis
Chapter Three: Betweenness
Chapter Four: Meaning and Mystery


An Introduction to C.S. Peirce: Philosopher, Semiotician, and Ecstatic Naturalist, (Lanham, MD:Rowman & Littlefield, Pub., 1993) xii & 229 pgs. ISBN 0-8476-7813-X (hard), ISBN 0-8476-7814-8 (pbk.).

Introduction: Peirce's Melancholy
Chapter One: Pragmatism and Abduction
Chapter Two: The Sign-Using Self and Its Communities
Chapter Three: Firstness, Secondness, Thirdness: The Universe of Signs
Chapter Four: The Evolving God and the Heart of Nature
Conclusion: Peircean Prospects


Nature and Spirit: An Essay in Ecstatic Naturalism, (New York: Fordham University Press, 1992) xi & 207 pgs. ISBN 0-8232-1362-5 (hard), ISBN 0-8232-1363-3 (pbk.).

Introduction: The Method and Scope of the Treatise
Chapter One: The Human Process
Chapter Two: The Signs of Community
Chapter Three: Worldhood
Chapter Four: The Divine Natures


The Community of Interpreters: On the Hermeneutics of Nature and the Bible in the American Philosophical Tradition, (Macon, Georgia: Mercer University Press, 1987) xiii & 111 pgs. ISBN0-86554-284-8 (hard).

Preface by Charles Mabee
Author's Preface
Chapter One: The Origins of American Hermeneutics: C.S. Peirce and Josiah Royce
Chapter Two: Language Mysticism in the Continental Hermeneutics of Gadamer and Heidegger
Chapter Three: Horizonal Hermeneutics
Chapter Four: Royce on Paul and the Primitive Church
Chapter Five: From the Nature of Community to the Community of Nature
Chapter Six: Hermeneutics and Hope

[American Academy of Religion session on The Community of Interpreters]



Books Edited

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Semiotics 1993, co-edited with John Deely, (New York: Peter Lang, 1995), xii & 612 pgs. ISSNN 0742-7611. "Preface," and paper, "Peirce's Abjection of the Maternal," pp. v & 590-594.





Guest Editor for special issue of The American Journal of Semiotics, on the topic, Semiotics and Religion. "Semiotics and Religion (Introduction)," and paper, "Nature's God and the Return of the Material Maternal." Vol. 10, Nos. 1-2, 1993, pp. 5-9 & pp. 115-132. [download essay]





Nature's Perspectives: Prospects for Ordinal Metaphysics, co-edited with Kathleen Wallace and Armen Marsoobian, (Albany: SUNY Press, 1991), xiv & 391 pgs. ISBN 0-7914-0491-9 (hard), ISBN 0-7914-0492-7 (pbk.). Co-authored Introduction. Paper, "Ordinality and the Divine Natures," pp. 347-366.

Introduction by Robert S. Corrington [download]


Justus Buchler, Metaphysics of Natural Complexes, second expanded edition with editor's introduction and editor's endnotes, co-edited with Kathleen Wallace and Armen Marsoobian, (Albany: SUNY Press, 1989), xxix & 308 pgs. ISBN 0-7914-0182-0 (hard), ISBN 0-7914-0183-9(pbk.).





Pragmatism Considers Phenomenology, co-edited with Carl Hausman and Thomas Seebohm,(Lanham, MD: University Press of America and The Center for Advanced Research in Phenomenology, 1987), x & 246 pgs. ISBN 0-8191-6581-6 (hard), ISBN 0-8191-6582-4 (pbk.).
"Introduction and Reflection," pp. 1-35.






Leon J. Niemoczynski, "An Introduction to Ecstatic Naturalism: Interview with Robert S. Corrington." KINESIS 36, no. 1 (forthcoming, Spring 2009). [download]

"Tales out of School." Drew Magazine (Spring 2002) 19-24. [download]




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"Evolution, Religion, and an Ecstatic Naturalism," in American Journal of Theology and Philosophy, (Spring 2010), pp. 124-135. [download]

"An Appraisal and Critique of Alfred North Whitehead's Process and Reality--corrected edition (1929 & 1978) and Justus Buchler's Metaphysics of Natural Complexes--second, expanded edition (1966 & 1990)," (Published by author, 2009). [download]

"Cosmology," and "Josiah Royce: Epistemology," in American Philosophy: An Encyclopedia, ed. John Lachs & Robert Talisse, (Routledge, 2008), pp. 140-143; 678-679. [download]

"Deep Pantheism," Journal for the Study of Religion, Nature and Culture, Vol. 1, No. 4, October 2007, pp. 503-507. [download]

"American Transcendentalism's Erotic Aquatecture," in Towards a Theology of Eros, ed. Virginia Burrus & Catherine Keller, (Fordham University Press, 2006), chapter pp. 221-233. [download]

"Spinoza, Baruch (1632-1677)," and "Unitarianism," in Encyclopedia of Religion and Nature, Vol. 2, ed. Bron R. Taylor, (Thoemmes Continuum, 2005), pp. 1588-1590; 1678-1680. [download]

"Response to My Critics." American Journal of Theology & Philosophy, Vol. 26, No. 3. Sept. 2005, p. 263. [download]

"Infinitizing Psychoanalysis." Proceedings of the Korean Lacan Society.Meeting jointly with the 5th International Whitehead Conference. 2004, pp. 23-40. [download]

"From the Process Self to the Ecstatic Self: Pantheism Reconsidered." Whitehead, Religion, Psychology.The Whitehead Society of Korea, 5th International Whitehead Conference,. 2004 pp. 98-105. [download]

Symposium: "Altruism First and Last." With Paul Zwollo and Abraham Oron. Daily New Bulletin of the 128th International Convention of the Theosophical Society, Adyar, No. 4 (Dec. 2003): 3-5. [download]

"Karma, Reincarnation, and Freedom," in The Theosophist, Vol. 124, No. 11, August 2003, pp. 414-420. [download]

"Unfolding/Enfolding: The Categorial Schema, Semiotics 2002, ed. by Terry J. Prewitt & John Deely, (New York: Legas), 2003, pp. 164-170. [download]

"Ecstatic Naturalism," Research News & Opportunities in Science and Theology, Vol. 3, No. 10. June 2003, p. [download]

"My Passage From Panentheism to Pantheism," The American Journal of Theology and Philosophy, Vol. 23, # 2, May 2002, pp. 129-153. [download]

"Be-Ness and Nothingness in The Secret Doctrine," The Theosophist, Vol.123, # 8, May 2002, pp. 302-306. [download]

"Framing and Unveiling in the Emergence of the Three Orders of Value," The American Journal of Theology and Philosophy, Vol. 23, No.1, Jan. 2002, pp. 52-61. [download]

"Jaspers and the Axial Transfiguration of History," Jaspers on Philosophy and History of Philosophy, ed. Joseph W. Koterski, S.J. and Ray Langley, (Amherst, NY: Humanities Press, 2003), pp 295-302. [download]

"Neville's `Naturalism' and the Location of God," Critical Studies in the Thought of Robert C. Neville, ed. C. Harley Chapman and Nancy Frankenberry, (Albany: SUNY, 1998), pp. 127-146. Also published in The American Journal of Theology & Philosophy, Vol. 18, No. 3, pp. 257-280. [download (includes Neville's "Reply to Serious Critics" from same issue)]

"Empirical Theology and its Divergence from Process Thought," Introduction to Christian Theology, ed. Roger A. Badham, (Louisville: Westminster John Knox Press, 1998), pp. 166-179. [download]

"A Unitarian Universalist Theology for the Twenty-first Century: Toward an Ecstatic Naturalism," Unitarian Universalist Voice, Vol. III, No. 3, Fall 1997, pp. 1-9. [download]

"Classical American Metaphysics: Retrospect and Prospect," Philosophy and Experience: American Philosophy in Transition, ed. Richard E. Hart and Douglass R. Anderson, (New York: Fordham University Press, 1997), pp. 260-281. [download]

"Taoism and Ecstatic Naturalism." CKTS Newsletter (Center of Korea Theological Studies at Drew University). September 15, 1997. [download]

"Peirce's Abjection of the Maternal," Semiotics 1993, ed. Robert S. Corrington and John Deely, (New York: Peter Lang, 1995), pp. 590-594. [download]

"Peirce's Ecstatic Naturalism: The Birth of the Divine in Nature," American Journal of Theology and Philosophy, Vol. 16, No. 2, May 1995, pp. 173-187. [download]

"Beyond Experience: Pragmatism and Nature's God," American Journal of Theology and Philosophy, Vol. 14, No. 2, May 1993, pp. 147-160. [download]

"Nature's God and the Return of the Material Maternal," The American Journal of Semiotics, Vol. 10, Nos. 1-2, 1993, pp. 115-132. [download]

"Peirce's Abjected Unconscious: A Psychoanalytic Profile," Semiotics 1992, ed. Deely, (Lanham, MD: University Press of America, 1993), pp. 91-103. [download]

"From World Exegesis to Transcendence: Jaspers's Critique of Nietzsche," Karl Jaspers: Philosopher Among Philosophers: Philosoph unter Philosophen, ed. Wisser & Ehrlich, (Würzburg: Königshausen & Neumann, 1993), pp. 77-87. [download]

"The Ground of Being and the Return of the Material Maternal," Newsletter of the North American Tillich Society, Vol. XIX, No. 3, July 1993, pp. 3-8. [download]

"Peirce's Melancholy," Semiotics 1991, ed. Deely & Prewitt, (Lanham, MD: The University Press of America, 1992), pp. 332-340. [download]

"Hermeneutics and Loyalty," Frontiers in American Philosophy, Vol. I, ed. Robert Burch and Herman Saatkamp, Jr. (College Station: Texas A & M University Press, 1992), pp. 357- 364. [download]

"Ecstatic Naturalism and the Transfiguration of the Good," Empirical Theology: A Handbook, ed. Randolph C. Miller, (Birmingham: Religious Education Press, 1992), pp. 203-221. [download]

"Peirce and the Semiosis of the Holy," Semiotics 1990, ed. Haworth, Deely, & Prewitt, (Lanham, MD: University Press of America, 1991), pp. 345-353. [download]

"The Emancipation of American Philosophy," APA Newsletter: Blacks in Philosophy, Vol. 90, No. 3, 1991, pp. 23-26, with a reply by Cornel West. [download]

"Josiah Royce and Communal Semiotics," Recent Developments in Theory and History: The Semiotic Web 1990, ed. Sebeok & Umiker-Sebeok, (Berlin: Mouton de Gryter, 1991), pp. 61-87. [download]

"Ordinality and the Divine Natures," Nature's Perspectives: Prospects for Ordinal Metaphysics, ed. Kathleen Wallace, Armen Marsoobian, Robert S. Corrington, (Albany: SUNY Press, 1991), pp. 347-366.[download]

"Horizons and Contours: Toward an Ordinal Phenomenology," Metaphilosophy, Vol. 22, No. 3, 1991, pp. 179-189. [download abstract]

"Emerson and the Agricultural Midworld," Agriculture and Human Values, Vol. VII, No. 1, 1990, pp. 20-26. Reprinted in The Agrarian Roots of Pragmatism, ed. Paul B. Thompson and Thomas C. Hilde, (Nashville: Vanderbilt University Press, 2000), pp.140-152. [download]

"Transcendence and the Loss of the Semiotic Self," Semiotics 1989, ed. John Deely (Lanham, MD: University Press of America, 1990), pp. 339-345. [download]

"Finite Idealism: The Midworld and its History," Bucknell Review, Vol. 34, No. 1, 1990, pp. 85-95. [download]

"Conversation Between Justus Buchler and Robert S. Corrington," The Journal of Speculative Philosophy: New Series, Vol. 3, No. 4, 1989, pp. 261-274.

"Faith and the Signs of Expectation," Semiotics 1988, ed. Terry Prewitt (Lanham, MD: University Press of America, 1989), pp. 203-209. [download]

"Semiosis and the Phenomenon of Worldhood," Semiotics 1987, ed. John Deely (Lanham, MD: University Press of America, 1988), pp. 383-393. [download]

"Metaphysics Without Foundations: Jaspers' Confrontation with Nietzsche," Dialogos, Vol. 52, 1988, pp. 73-95. [download]

"John William Miller's `The Owl'," Transactions of the C.S.Peirce Society, Vol. XXIV, No. 3, 1988, pp. 395-398. [download]

"Being and Faith: Sein und Zeit and Luther," Anglican Theological Review, Vol. LXX, No. 1, 1988, pp. 16-31. [download]

"Toward a Transformation of Neoclassical Theism," International Philosophical Quarterly, Vol. 27, No. 4, Winter 1987, pp. 391-406. [download]

"Royce on Freedom: Reply to Robert Burch," The Idea of Freedom in American Philosophy ed. Donald S. Lee Tulane Studies in Philosophy, Vol. XXXV, (New Orleans: Tulane University Press, 1987), pp. 31-34. [download]

"Natural Law and Emancipation: Toward a Theonomous Democracy," Law and Semiotics: Vol. I, ed. Roberta Kevelson (New York: Plenum Publishers, 1987), pp. 159-179. [download]

"Introduction to John William Miller's `For Idealism'," The Journal of Speculative Philosophy: New Series, Vol. I, No. 4, 1987, pp. 257-259. [download]

"Introduction and Reflection: Through Temporality to Ordinality," Pragmatism Considers Phenomenology, ed. Robert S. Corrington, Carl Hausman, & Thomas Seebohm, (Lanham, Md: University Press of America and The Center for Advanced Research in Phenomenology, 1987), pp. 1-35. [download]

"Hermeneutics and Psychopathology: Jaspers and Hillman," Theoretical and Philosophical Psychology, Vol. 7, No. 2 Fall 1987, pp. 70-80. [download]

"Finitude and Transcendence in the Thought of Justus Buchler," The Southern Journal of Philosophy, Vol. 25, No. 4, Winter 1987, pp. 445-459. [download]

"C.G. Jung and the Archetypal Foundations of Semiosis," Semiotics 1986, ed. Jonathan Evans & John Deely (Lanham, MD: University Press of America, 1987), pp. 398-405. [download]

"John William Miller and the Ontology of the Midworld," Transactions of the C.S. Peirce Society, vol. 22, Spring 1986, pp. 165-188. Winner of John William Miller Prize. [download]

"Josiah Royce and the Sign Community," Semiotics 1985, ed. John Deely (Lanham, MD: University Press of America, 1986), pp. 238-247. [download]

"Naturalism, Measure, and the Ontological Difference," The Southern Journal of Philosophy, Vol. 23, No. 1, Spring 1985, pp. 19-32. [download]

"Justus Buchler's Ordinal Metaphysics and the Eclipse of Foundationalism," International Philosophical Quarterly, vol. 25, No. 3, September 1985, pp. 289-98. Winner of Greenlee Prize . [download]

"A Comparison of Royce's Key Notion of the Community of Interpretation with the Hermeneutics of Gadamer and Heidegger," Transactions of the C.S. Peirce Society, Vol. 20, Summer 1984, pp. 279-301. [download]

"Horizonal Hermeneutics and the Actual Infinite," Graduate Faculty Philosophy Journal of the New School, vol. 8, Spring 1982, pp. 36-97. [download]

Letter to the Editor, "Heidegger Was Heroic," The Christian Century, August 4-11, 1982, p. 832. [download]

"Schleiermacher's Phenomenology of Consciousness and its Relation to His General Ontology," Church Divinity 1981, ed. John H. Morgan (Notre Dame: Church Divinity Monograph Series, 1981), pp. 24-41. Winner of Church Divinity Essay Contest [download]

"The Christhood of Things (Hopkins' Poem The Windhover)," The Drew Gateway, Vol. 52, Fall 1981, pp. 41-47. [download]

"The Experience of Ringing (Meditations on the Later Heidegger)," The Drew Gateway, vol. 51, Winter 1980, pp. 31-48. [download]

"Toward a New Foundation for Pluralism in Religion," Chrysalis, vol. 3, 1978-1979, pp. 26-42. [download]



Book Reviews

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The Biology of Religious Behavior: The Evolutionary Origin of Faith and Religion, edited by Jay R. Feierman, American Journal of Theology and Philosophy, Vol. 32, No.2, May 2011, pp. 189-193. [download]

Human Personality and Its Survival of Bodily Death, by F.W.H. Myers and Mind to Mind, by Rene Warcollier International Journal of Parapsychology, Vol.XIII, No. 1, 2002.

Within Time and Beyond Time: A Festschrift for Pearl King, ed. Ricardo Steiner & Jennifer Johns, Quest, Vol. 91, # 2, pp. 76. [download]

Varieties of Transcendental Experience: A Study in Constructive Postmodernism, by Donald L. Gelpi, Transactions of the C.S. Peirce Society, Vol. XXXVIII, # 3, Summer 2002, pp 457-463. [download]

Freud, Jung, and Spiritual Psychology, by Rudolf Steiner, Quest, Vol. 89, # 5, January-February 2002, p. 34. [download]

Peirce, Pragmatism, and the Logic of Scripture, by Peter Ochs Journal of the American Academy of Religion, Vol. 67, No. 3, pp. 698-700. [download]

The Truth of Broken Symbols, by Robert C. Neville, The Review of Metaphysics, September 1997, pp. 168-169.[download]

Events of Grace: Naturalism, Existentialism, and Theology, by Charley D. Hardwick, The Journal of Religion, Vol. 78, No. 3, 1998, pp. 452-453. [download]

Emerson: The Mind on Fire, by Robert D. Richardson Jr., The Journal of Speculative Philosophy: New Series, Vol. 12, No. 1, pp. 77-81. [download]

Transcendental Utopias: Individual and Community at Brook Farm, Fruitlands, and Walden, by Richard Francis, World: The Journal of the Unitarian Universalist Association, Vol. XI, No. 6, November/December 1997, pp. 66-67.

Charles Peirce's Guess at the Riddle, by John K. Sheriff, International Studies in Philosophy, Vol. XXX, No. 4, 1998, pp. 146-147. [download]

The Spiritual Quest: Transcendence in Myth, Religion, and Science, by Robert M. Torrance, The Journal of the American Academy of Religion, Vol. LXV, No. 1, Spring 1997, pp. 212-215. [download]

Pragmatism and Pluralism, by Jerome Paul Soneson, Transactions of the C. S. Peirce Society, Vol. XXXI, No. 3, Summer 1995, pp. 430-437. [download]

Science, Knowledge, and Mind: A Study in the Philosophy of C. S. Peirce, by C. F. Delaney, The American Catholic Philosophical Quarterly, Vol. LXIX, No. 1, Winter 1995, pp. 98-101. [download]

Signs Becoming Signs: Our Perfusive, Pervasive Universe, by Floyd Merrell, The Review of Metaphysics, Vol. XLVII, No. 1, Sept. 1993, pp. 161-163.[download]

Semiotics in the United States, by Thomas A. Sebeok, The Review of Metaphysics, Vol. XLVI, No. 2, December 1992, pp. 422-423. [download]

Basics of Semiotics, by John Deely, The American Catholic Philosophical Quarterly, Vol. LXVI, No. 1, Winter 1992, pp. 99-102. [download]

A Sign is Just a Sign, by Thomas A. Sebeok, The Journal of Speculative Philosophy: New Series, Vol. 6, No. 2, 1992, pp. 158-166. [download]

The Philosophy of Charles Hartshorne, Library of Living Philosophers, Vol. XX, ed. Lewis Edwin Hahn, SAAP Newsletter, Vol. 62, June 1992, pp. 14-21. [download]

Genesis and Apocalypse: A Theological Voyage Toward Authentic Christianity, by Thomas J.J. Altizer, Theology Today, Vol. XLIX, No. 1, 1992, pp. 132-134. [download]

Hartshorne, Process Philosophy, and Theology, ed. Kane & Phillips, SAAP Newsletter, No. 56, June 1990, pp. 31-33.

Consciousness in New England: From Puritanism and Ideas to Psychoanalysis and Semiotic, by James Hoopes, SAAP Newsletter, No. 56, June 1990, pp. 39-41. [download]

Process in Context: Essays in Post-Whiteheadian Perspectives, ed. Ernest Wolf-Gazo, Transactions of the C.S. Peirce Society, Vol. 26, No. 4, 1990, pp. 550-557. [download]

Varieties of Unbelief: From Epicurus to Sartre, ed. J.C.A. Gaskin, Teaching Philosophy, Vol. 13, No. 3, 1990, pp. 282-285. [download]

Royce's Mature Philosophy of Religion, by Frank M. Oppenheim, Journal of the History of Philosophy, Vol. 28, No. 1, 1990, pp. 146-147. [download]

American Religious Empiricism & History Making History: The New Historicism in American Religious Thought, by William Dean, The Journal of Speculative Philosophy : New Series, Vol. 3, No. 3, 1989, pp. 223-230. [download]

The Reasoning Heart: Toward a North American Theology, ed. by Frank M. Oppenheim, S.J., Transactions of the C.S. Peirce Society, Vol. XXV, No. 1, 1989, pp. 80-84. [download]

Lectures on Philosophical Theology, by Immanuel Kant, trans. Allen W. Wood and Gertrude M. Clark, History of European Ideas, Vol. 9, No. 5, 1988, pp. 604-606.

Introducing Semiotic: Its History and Doctrine, by John Deely, The New Scholasticism, Vol. LXII, No. 1, Winter 1988, pp. 118-122. [download]

The Naturalists and the Supernatural, by William M. Shea, Transactions of the C.S. Peirce Society, Vol. XXIII, No. 4, Fall 1987, pp. 597-604. [download]

Alfred North Whitehead: The Man and His Work, Volume I: 1861-1910, by Victor Lowe, Journal of the History of Philosophy, Vol. 25, No. 3, July 1987, pp. 460-461. [download]

Emerson: Days of Encounter, by John McAleer, Transactions of the C.S. Peirce Society, vol. 22, Spring 1986, pp. 225-231. [download]

The Theology of Schleiermacher, by Karl Barth, The Drew Gateway vol. 53, Winter 1983, pp. 55-59. [download]



Semiotica Series

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"World Making, World Taking: The Artifactual Basis of Worldhood," review essay on Messages and Meanings: An Introduction to Semiotics, Semiotica, Vol.131, No. 3/4, 2000, pp. 229-243. [download]

"Regnant Signs: The Semiosis of Liturgy," review essay on Per Visibilia Ad Invisibilia: Anthropological, Theological, Semiotic Studies on the Liturgy and the Sacraments, ed. by van Tongeren and C. Caspers, Semiotica, Vol. 117, No. 1, pp. 19-42. [download]

"A Web as Vast as Nature Itself," review essay on The Human Use of Signs: Elements of Anthroposemiosis, by John Deely, Semiotica, Vol. 111, Nos. 1 & 2, July 1996, pp. 103-115. [download]

"Peirce the Melancholy Prestidigitator," review essay on Charles Sanders Peirce: A Life, by Joseph Brent, Semiotica, Vol. 94, Nos. 1 & 2, 1993, pp. 85-101. [download]



Plays Authored

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1,2,3 (Published by author, 1997)

Black Hole Sonata [or, Waiting for Steven Hawking] (Published by author, 1995).
[download Act I]
[download Act II]
[download Act III]



Biography of Justus Buchler

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Kathleen A. Wallace, "Justus Buchler Biography," Dictionary of Literary Biography (Thomson Gale, 2006). [download]



Items about Dr. Corrington and His Work

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Badham, Paul. Review of A Semiotic Theory of Theology and Philosophy, by Robert S. Corrington. Theology (Sept-Oct, 2001). [download]

Badham, Roger A. "Windows on the Ecstatic: Reflections on Robert Corrington's Naturalism." Soundings 82, nos. 3-4 (Fall/Winter 1999): 357-381. [download]

________. Review of Nature's Self, by Robert S. Corrington. Critical Review of Books in Religion. Journal of the American Academy of Religion and Journal of Biblical Literature, 1996. pp. 360-365. [download]

De Marzio, Darryl Matthew. "Robert Corrington and the Philosophy for Children Program: Communities of Interpretation and Communities of Inquiry." M.A. thesis, Montclair State University, 1997. [download]

Driskill, Todd A. "Beyond the Text: Ecstatic Naturalism and American Pragmatism." American Journal of Theology & Philosophy 15, no. 3 (Sept., 1994): 305-325. [download]

Frankenberry, Nancy. Review of Nature's Self, by Robert S. Corrington. Journal of the American Academy of Religion66, no. 1 (Spring, 1998): 171-173. [download]

Gale Reference, "Biography--Corrington, Robert S. (1950-)" Contemporary Authors Online (Thomson Gale, 2006). [download]

Gudmarsdottir, Sigridur. "Corrington, Robert S. (1950-)." Encyclopedia of Religion and Nature. New York: Thoeemes Continuum, 2005. [download]

Hardwick, Charley D. "Metaphysical Priority and Physicalist Naturalism in Robert Corrington's Ordinal Metaphysics." American Journal of Theology & Philosophy 27, nos. 2-3 (May-Spet. 2006): 214-224. [download]

________. "Worldhood, Betweenness, Melancholy, and Ecstasy: an Engagement with Robert Corrington's Ecstatic Naturalism." American Journal of Theology & Philosophy 26, no. 3 (Sept. 2005): 238. [download]

Kennett, Stephen A. Review of The Community of Interpreters, by Robert S. Corrington. SAAP Newsletter 59 (June, 1991): 15-16. [download]

Kim, Jean H. "Chaos and Order in Nature/Creation: A Reading of Genesis 1-2:4a in Dialogue with Science and Philosophy." The Journal of Faith and Science Exchange Col. III (1999), pp. 193-203. [download]

________. "Unbearable Fire and Water: The Search for the Spirit of Women in the Discussion of Paul Tillich's 'Spiritual Presence' and Robert S. Corrington's 'Spirit's Eros'." Feminist Theology Review 3 (March,2003), pp. 121-144. [download]

Neville, Robert Cummings. "Comments on Nature's Religion and Robert Corrington's Aesthetic Naturalism." American Journal of Theology & Philosophy 26, no. 3 (Sept. 2005): 3. [download]

________. Review of Nature and Spirit, by Robert S. Corrington. International Philosophical Quarterly 34, no. 4 (Dec., 1994): 504-505. [download]

Nguyen, Nam Trung. "Nature's Primal Self: An Ecstatic Naturalist Critique of the Anthropocentrism of Peirce's Pragmatism and Jaspers' Existentialism." Ph.D. dissertation, Drew University, 2002. [download: abstract; full text]

Niemoczynski, Leon J. Review of Religious Naturalism Today: The Rebirth of a Forgotten Alternative, by Jerome Stone. SAAP Newsletter, Vol. 108, November, 2009, pp. 60-62. [download]

________. "The Sacred Depths of Nature: An Ontology of the Possible in the Philosophy of Peirce and Heidegger." Ph.D. dissertation, Southern Illinois University Carbondale, 2009. [download]

Pettit, Joseph. Review of Nature's Religion, by Robert S. Corrington. The Journal of Religion 80, no. 1 (Jan., 2000): 149-151. [download]

Ramal, Randy. Review of Nature and Spirit; Ecstatic Naturalism; Nature's Self; and Nature's Religion, by Robert S. Corrington. Process Studies 21, no. 9 (2000): 183-185. [download]

Raposa, Micahel L. Review of A Semiotic Theory of Theology and Philosophy, by Robert S. Corrington. Modern Theology 18, no. 2 (April 2002): 302-304. [download]

Sharp, Douglas R. Review of The Community of Interpreters, by Robert S. Corrington. Church History 59, no. 4 (Dec., 1990): 592-594. [download]

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An Experiment in Social Reconstruction

While I was an Assistant Professor of Philosophy at the main campus of The Pennsylvania State University, like all of us then (c. 1986-1989), I was confronted with the moral dilemmas surrounding the roles of US corporations and universities as they implicitly supported the Apartheid policies of South Africa.  The key issue was whether or not universities should continue to have stock holdings in companies that did not leave South Africa or, rather, to divest all such holdings as an important statement of solidarity with those liberation forces seeking an end to the segregation system through non-violent economic means.

For a number of us divestment seemed like a compelling, and certainly doable action that could highlight the international disapproval of the many brutalities of Apartheid.  But such economic actions, should they be done by US universities, could not in themselves change consciousness.  It became clear to me that our pro-divestment actions (fasting, sit-ins, shanty towns, lectures, long marches, editorial and letter writing, and making the correlation between Apartheid and US racial discrimination) had to have a philosophical, theological (for some), and spiritual foundation.

My own contributions worked out of what might seem like a strange triad: 1) the social and political theories of John Dewey, from whom the key term "reconstruction" comes, 2) Gandhi's Satyagraha, or truth force as the highest spiritual mode of non-violent confrontation with injustice, and 3) Paul Tillich's 1930s work in Religious Socialism that combines a brilliant critique of the Nazi mythos of the gods of space (blood and soil) with a plea for a prophetic Judaism that would transform Christianity from within.

The philosophy graduate student who worked with me, and taught me much of an alternative approach, was steeped in Foucault's notion of micro-political struggles, whereas my democratic pragmatism seemed, from his perspective, to be a bit too much of a meta-narrative.  While we never agreed on such issues we were able to help shape something that rippled through campus life for several years.

As you read this material I hope that you can gain, or regain, a sense of how volatile much of this period was.  Friendships were damaged, new ones, however temporary, were formed, accusations of mental instability flourished, such as my supposed "death wish," positions were pushed to the extremes thus violating their own logic, paranoia had a healthy growth season, self-righteous posturing brought out the sense of farce, and yet a strong quiet strength sustained us even when the goal of divestment kept slipping away.  In the end it took a new governor in Harrisburg to compel the Board of Trustees to divest.  But the soil was prepared by many who passionately believed in democratic social construction, with or without a religious dimension.

[Part I]

[Part II]

[Addendum--Other Voices]