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Must We Avoid Speaking of Religion? The Truths of Religions

Must We Avoid Speaking of Religion? The Truths of Religions <jats:sec><jats:title>Abstract</jats:title><jats:p>Heidegger already recognized in the 1920s the difficulties facing a phenomenology of religion, but the problems are greatly multiplied once one recognizes that many of the so-called religions were constituted as such only in the late eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries and that the "invention" of these religions was according to an idea of religion shaped by Christianity. By investigating the incompatible attempts of Kant and Hegel to negotiate that idea, I identify the genealogy of the double bind whereby today it appears that one is faced with a choice between two violences: the violence of imposing the word religion on practices that do not readily follow the model of the Christian religion and the violence of refusing the word to non-Christian religions.</jats:p> </jats:sec> http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Research in Phenomenology Brill

Must We Avoid Speaking of Religion? The Truths of Religions

Research in Phenomenology , Volume 39 (2): 204 – Jan 1, 2009

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Brill
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© 2009 Koninklijke Brill NV, Leiden, The Netherlands
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0085-5553
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1569-1640
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10.1163/156916409X448175
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Abstract

<jats:sec><jats:title>Abstract</jats:title><jats:p>Heidegger already recognized in the 1920s the difficulties facing a phenomenology of religion, but the problems are greatly multiplied once one recognizes that many of the so-called religions were constituted as such only in the late eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries and that the "invention" of these religions was according to an idea of religion shaped by Christianity. By investigating the incompatible attempts of Kant and Hegel to negotiate that idea, I identify the genealogy of the double bind whereby today it appears that one is faced with a choice between two violences: the violence of imposing the word religion on practices that do not readily follow the model of the Christian religion and the violence of refusing the word to non-Christian religions.</jats:p> </jats:sec>

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Research in PhenomenologyBrill

Published: Jan 1, 2009

Keywords: HEIDEGGER; KANT; INVENTION OF RELIGIONS; DERRIDA; PHENOMENOLOGY OF RELIGION; HEGEL

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