New PDF release: Concepts of person in religion and thought

By Hans G. Kippenberg, Yme B. Kuiper, Andy F. Sanders

ISBN-10: 0899256007

ISBN-13: 9780899256009

Sinceits founding via Jacques Waardenburg in 1971, faith and cause has been a number one discussion board for contributions on theories, theoretical concerns and agendas on the topic of the phenomenon and the research of faith. themes comprise (among others) class formation, comparability, ethnophilosophy, hermeneutics, method, fable, phenomenology, philosophy of technological know-how, medical atheism, structuralism, and theories of faith. at times the sequence publishes volumes that map the cutting-edge and the background of the self-discipline.

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In the case of each of these concepts it is not possible to elucidate all its aspects so as to arrive at a complete understanding of all the shades of meaning covered by the concept. All the same, one can gain some insight by examining the rules for the use of the word in the language in which it occurs. By studying the language of a non-Western culture one can obtain knowledge about the way in which members of this culture interpret themselves, the world and the relations between the two. In doing this, one does not come across the concept of person, for this belongs to one's own culture and not to the subject of research.

In the third place, globally speaking, Geertz regards concepts of person as relatively stable, durable products of culture. Culture, Geertz once wrote, moves like an octopus. But, of course, concepts of person have a historical dimension. To what degree can the genesis of concepts of person be described and interpreted in terms of continuity and durability? ^ For instance, Geertz's research on the process of religious modernisation in Bali shows his talent as a cultural historian (Geertz: 1973e).

According to Geertz, culture has a rather objective and autonomous character. As culture is a complex of systems of symbols it should be conceived not in a mentalistic or psychological, but rather in a pragmatic way. Symbols should be looked for not in the heads of people, but in their public and collective actions. To put it differently: meaning is a public fact. , the behaviour of people in visible, complex rituals as a kind of busy traffic of symbols. These symbols then he calls 'vehicles of meanings'.

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