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Material Elements: The Matter of Women, The Matter of Earth, The Matter of God

Elvey, Anne (2008) Material Elements: The Matter of Women, The Matter of Earth, The Matter of God. In: Post-Christian Feminisms: A Critical Approach. Ashgate, Aldershot, pp. 53-69. ISBN 978-0-7546-5380-6

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In this article, I propose that we consider matter as itself in some senses already transcendent in a way that brings us back to a materiality which is self-transcendent and which mediates the transcendence of the other and of the divine. With an ear to Luce Irigary's feminist appraisal that women have been excluded from transcendence, I invoke the traditional four elements - earth, air, fire and water - and suggest something of their relationship to transcendence, before turning to a consideration of the matter of God and the possibility of a material transcendence which can express an ecological feminist orientation toward the plural otherness of matter.

Item Type: Book Chapters
Repository Version: Author's Final Manuscript
Keywords: ecofeminism, ecofeminist theology, new materialism, transcendence, ecotheology, feminist theology
Fields of Research: 22 Philosophy and Religious Studies > 2203 Philosophy > 220303 Environmental Philosophy
22 Philosophy and Religious Studies > 2203 Philosophy > 220306 Feminist Theory
22 Philosophy and Religious Studies > 2204 Religion and Religious Studies > 220401 Christian Studies (incl. Biblical Studies and Church History)
Socio-Economic Objective: E Expanding Knowledge > 97 Expanding Knowledge > 970122 Expanding Knowledge in Philosophy and Religious Studies
Type of Activity: Pure Basic Research
Subjects: D - Ethics / Moral Theology
C - Systematic Theology
College/Association with University of Divinity: UFT-TCTS: United Faculty of Theology - Trinity College Theological School
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Depositing User: Dr Anne F. Elvey
Date Deposited: 10 Dec 2014 23:02
Last Modified: 10 Dec 2014 23:02
URI: http://repository.divinity.edu.au/id/eprint/1704

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