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Special Issue "Nature, Spirituality and Place: Comparative Study between American Transcendentalism and Chinese Religions"
A special issue of Religions (ISSN 2077-1444). This special issue belongs to the section "Religions and Humanities/Philosophies".
Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (28 February 2023) | Viewed by 4861
Special Issue Editors
Interests: comparative religions; environmental aesthetics; comparative environmental ethics
Interests: Wei-Jin dark learning; comparative philosophy; pre-Qin and Han Dynasty Confucianism and Daoism; Ming Dynasty thought; modern European philosophy
Special Issue Information
We are pleased to invite you to contribute to Special Issue titled "Nature, Spirituality and Place: Comparative Studies between American transcendentalism and Chinese religions”. Deeply influenced by five thousand years of agricultural civilization, Chinese culture, which is greatly shaped by Confucianism, Daoism and Zen Buddhism, has formed a unique feature that spirituality is formed through living in harmony with nature. However, with the fast process of urbanization, and creation of national park system, more and more people have to move into cities or towns. The change of physical living place causes serious spiritual crises, since spirituality in Chinese culture is deeply related to the land. Given this situation, it is very important to examine why American transcendentalism and Chinese religions both find spirituality in nature and how this pursuit has influenced people’s aesthetic appreciation of different types of physical nature and self-identity. This examination will have a tremendous influence on various ecological practices, which include urban design, environmental restoration, agricultural heritage and wilderness conservation.
This Special Issue aims at examining why American transcendentalism and Chinese religions such as Confucianism, Daoism and Zen Buddhism all find spirituality in nature, and how their interpretation of nature generates great difference on people’s aesthetic perception of agricultural land, gardens and wilderness.
In this Special Issue, original research articles and reviews are welcome. Research areas may include (but not limited to) the following:
- Comparison between Emerson and Zhuang Zi in their different interpretation of nature and its influence on aesthetic appreciation of different types of physical nature (wilderness, farmland, and gardens) and place attachment;
- Comparative study between Chinese religions and transcendentalism in metaphysics and its influence on nature interpretation;
- Spirituality in Confucianism and aesthetic appreciation of nature;
- Daoism’s revolution and reinterpretation of the concept of nature;
- Wilderness and its relationship with Daoism’s spiritual cultivation;
- Emerson’s religious revolution and pursuit of spirituality in returning to nature;
- Spirituality in Zen Buddhism and its influence on Suzhou Garden design and aesthetic perception of Suzhou Gardens;
- Spirituality in Zen Buddhism and its influence on agricultural practices;
- Nature Aesthetics in Emerson and Zhuang Zi.
We look forward to receiving your contributions.
Dr. Shan Gao
Dr. Benjamin Coles
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