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Special Issue "Phenomenology, Spirituality, and Religion"
A special issue of Religions (ISSN 2077-1444). This special issue belongs to the section "Religions and Humanities/Philosophies".
Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (31 May 2021) | Viewed by 27939
Special Issue Editor
Interests: phenomenology; philosophy of religion; Christian philosophy
Special Issue Information
It is common now for people to describe themselves as “spiritual but not religious.” Such a description is meant to indicate a person’s general belief in, or openness to, some immaterial reality that is not accompanied by a commitment to any particular religious tradition (with its dogmas, rituals, practices, etc.). This seems to confirm the common sense understanding of spirituality (as pertaining to immaterial realities) and a contemporary understanding of religion (as sociohistorically situated material phenomena). Given these understandings, we see why a distinction between spirituality and religion is necessary, such that one can accommodate the former without acceding to the latter.
Phenomenology, on the other hand, has spent over a century now complicating the simple distinctions between subject and object, constituting and constituted, immateriality and materiality. Yet, for all the recent interest in the “theological turn” in phenomenology, very little has been said phenomenologically about the relationship between spirituality and religion. This is surprising because spirit [Geist] plays an important role in Husserl’s later work and is taken up explicitly by Henry, most notably in Barbarism. Yet, this phenomenological account of spirit is relatively underthematized in its own right and is almost entirely ignored in its relation to religion.
This Special Issue, then, hopes to address this lacuna by examining the resources phenomenology can offer to our understandings of spirituality, religion, and the relationship between them. This can include phenomenological descriptions and analyses of “spiritual” experiences, but also more philosophical investigations of the nature of spirituality itself, the primordial role it seems to play in human experience, and therefore, the complication it provides in terms of a simple distinction between immaterial spirituality and material religion. Such a clarification of spirituality in its relationship to religion can help us better articulate both the “sacramental” or “liturgical” understanding of materiality put forth by Marion, Falque, Kearney, and Lacoste (to name a few) and the ‘event-al’ account of religion put forth by Caputo, Vattimo, and others. To that end, this Special Issue seeks a refined understanding, not just of religion, but of the spiritual nature of materiality itself.
The deadline for submitting proposals is December 2020. Proposals should be submitted via the special issue website. The deadline for final manuscript submissions is 31 May 2021.
Dr. Neal DeRoo
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- material religion
- theological turn