Special Issue "Phenomenological Studies of Religious Life"
A special issue of Religions (ISSN 2077-1444).
Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (30 November 2018)
Prof. Dr. George Pattison
This Special Issue of Religions is dedicated to exploring new ways of applying phenomenology to religious life. This wording reflects the view that the phenomenology of religion typical of the mid-20th century assumed a homogeneity amongst the phenomena grouped together under the rubric of ‘religion’ that is no longer tenable. Subsequent critiques of the notion of religion now require a more nuanced approach that sees ‘religion’ as a useful but vague general pointer to a range of variously connected phenomena. It is for this reason that (following the early Heidegger) the term ‘religious life’ has been chosen. Whilst this means abandoning (or, at least, putting on hold) the search for a general account of the essence of religion, a contemporary phenomenology may still find religious phenomena as illuminative of a range of human possibilities. Such approaches have shown themselves to be especially fruitful with regard to the notion of ‘self’ and questions of language and communication. In addition to self. Language, and communication essays are invited on such topics as religious experience and mysticism, religious practice, the re-evaluation of the phenomenological tradition, and the intersection of phenomenology, religion, and psychiatry and may include both Western and non-Western applications.
The development of phenomenological approaches to religion/religious life is currently in a dynamic and plural phase and the volume will contribute to showing the range of possibilities currently opening up in the field. While some may wish to explore phenomenology as capable of offering ontological illumination of the human condition, others may find its limits in setting out a field or fields of possibilities that require further interpretation or supplementation by other scientific approaches, from theology to cognitive science
Prof. Dr. George Pattison
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- religious practice - self
- action/passion- subjectivity