Politics of Spirit, The
Phenomenology, Genealogy, Religion
Publication Year: 2010
Published by: State University of New York Press
Title Page, Copyright, Dedication
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I would also like to thank the team at SUNY that made this book happen. An author produces a manuscript; the publisher produces a book. Thereâs all the difference between the two. Nancy Ellgate deserves special mention for championing this book and for her patience with my tardiness in finishing it....
Part I. Introduction, Background, Methodological Issues
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1. The Phenomenology of Religion: Introduction and Background
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In his article, âWhat Constitutes the Identity of a Religion?,â Hubert Seiwert poses two questions: âWhat constitutes a historical reality?â and, âWhat is a religion?â2 Using âBuddhismâ as an example, he asks how it is that there can be an identity between specific acts, practices, beliefs, etc., in different times and in different places, all of which are identified as âBuddhistâ and none of which have any direct contact...
2. Discourse, Text, Philosophemes: Elements of a Postcolonial-Genealogical Reading Strategy
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Whatever the world is an sich, it is only ever âreceivedâ by humans through some form of mediation. Previous theories about this mediating element focused on consciousness, sense perception, and structures of consciousness. More recent views, however, and the perspective taken in this study, is that the medium by which humans relate to the world ex mente is language, and specifically, language usage as...
Part II. Readings in the Discourse of the Phenomenology of Religion
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3. Geist, History, Religion: Hegel and the Structure of Phenomenology and Religionswissenschaft
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âWe will never be finished with the reading or rereading of Hegel, and, in a certain way, I do nothing other than attempt to explain myself on this point.â1 Foucault describes âthis great, slightly phantomlike shadow that was Hegel, prowling through the nineteenth century . . .â2 Hegel is not just a âcreature of his timeâ in that we still exist âwithin the order of Hegelian discourse, which still holds...
4. Religion in Essence and Development: C. P. Tiele, Early Religionswissenschaft, and the Phenomenology of Religion
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Cornelius Petronus Tiele was one of the most important early practitioners of Religionswissenschaft. He is âa figure who deserves, in many respects, to be considered the founder of the science of religion.â1 As noted in chapter 1, he was the first scholar to hold a chair in History of Religions. He is also an important link between Hegel and the phenomenology of religion. While classic phenomenologists of...
5. âExperience, Expression, Understandingâ: Wilhelm Dilthey on Geist and the Methodology of the Geisteswissenschaft
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David Palmer refers to what he calls âDiltheyâs hermeneutical formulaâ as having three major components, viz., âexperience, expression, understanding,â1 or, in German, Erlebnis, Ausdruck, Verstehen. Palmer also quite rightly notes that, despite the widespread use of, and conventionally assumed correlation between these terms, âthis formula...
6. Geist, Nature, and History: The Phenomenology of Rudolf Otto
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âNo consideration of the development of the phenomenological approach would be complete if it did not note the influence of Rudolph [sic] Otto. His The Idea of the Holy [Das Heilige] (1923) was of the greatest importance in providing a direction for future development in the field, and acted as a seminal work for later authors...
7. Phenomenology as Empathetic Taxonomy: The Phenomenological Approaches of Chantepie de la Saussaye and W. B. Kristensen
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Chantepie de la Saussaye was a Dutch contemporary of C. P. Teileâs. He is widely regarded as the first scholar to use the term, âphenomenology of religion.â As such, he is an important figure in the history of the development of phenomenology of religion and the study of religion generally: âHe was one of the first to conceive of the phenomenology of religion as a scientific...
8. Experience, Expression, Empathy: Gerardus van der Leeuwâs Phenomenological Program
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Gerardus van der Leeuwâs magnum opus, PhÃ¤nomenologie der Religion was published in 1933. This work is widely regarded as the seminal statement of classical phenomenology of religion. Attached to the work was an âEpilogomena,â which dealt primarily with methodological questions and with issues concerning the place of phenomenology...
9. Overcoming the Foreign through Experience, Expression, Understanding: The Methodology of Joachim Wach
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âQuestions have often been raised as to the nature of Religionswissenschaft. . . . On this question, Wach had an unshakable conviction that it was truly and properly a Geisteswissenschaft.â1 More than any other author surveyed in this study, Joachim Wach was explicit, open, and relatively self-conscious about the nature of his discipline and...
10. The Total Hermeneutics of the New Humanism: Mircea Eliadeâs Agenda for Religionswissenschaft
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It would be difficult to exaggerate the influence of Mircea Eliade on the project of Religious Studies. He is one of the most influential writers in the field. Douglas Allen says of Eliade that he was âone of the major interpreters of religion, symbol, and myth,â and that he âwas extremely influential.â1 Guilford Dudley quotes two sources...
Part III. Poststructuralist, Postcolonialist Analyses
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11. âThe Center Does Not Holdâ: Decentering the Centrismsâ of the Discourse of the Phenomenology of Religion
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The foregrounding of the pathologies inextricably woven into the history of the discourse of phenomenology of religionâand Religious Studies insofar as it is constituted by this discourseâis what a poststructuralist critique of the phenomenology of religion aims at accomplishing. Arguably, this could never be accomplished by an...
12. The âEnd of Manâ and the Phenomenology of Religion
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âBut it is easy to understand that the failure to search for the real center of a religion may be explained by the inadequate contributions made by the History of Religions to philosophical anthropology.â1 We saw this statement from Eliade before, but it is worth taking a moment to listen to its language more carefully. It is an acknowledgment of the...
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Page Count: 405
Publication Year: 2010
Series Title: SUNY series, Issues in the Study of Religion
Series Editor Byline: Bryan Rennie