By Kimerer L. LaMothe
This e-book presents philosophical grounds for an rising quarter of scholarship: the learn of faith and dance. within the first half, LaMothe investigates why students in spiritual stories have tended to miss dance, or rhythmic physically circulate, in want of textual expressions of non secular existence. In shut readings of Descartes, Kant, Schleiermacher, Hegel, and Kierkegaard, LaMothe strains this angle to formative moments of the sector during which philosophers relied upon the perform of writing to mediate among the examine of religion,on the single hand, and theology,on the other.In the second one half, LaMothe revives the paintings of theologian, phenomenologist, and historian of faith Gerardus van der Leeuw for assist in analyzing how dancing can function a medium of spiritual event and expression. In so doing, LaMothe opens new views at the function of physically being in spiritual lifestyles, and at the position of theology within the research of religion.
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Without an end of this sort,” he writes, “a will, envisaging to itself no definite goal for a contemplated act, either objective or subjective (which it has, or ought to have, in view), is indeed informed as to how it ought to act, but not whither, and so can achieve no satisfaction” (RLR 4). To serve this purpose of “satisfaction” in action, reason authorizes a belief in a “whither”—the idea of God, as a “higher, moral, most holy, omnipotent Being,” who ensures that the ends of my moral action will contribute to realizing eventually the “highest good” in the world (RLR 4-5).
Before exploring van der Leeuw’s phenomenological renderings of religion and dance, Chapter 6, “A Practice of Understanding,” digs more deeply into van der Leeuw’s phenomenology of religion in order to excavate what he means by “phenomenon” and what he recommends to a phenomenologist interested in understanding it. For van der Leeuw, a phenomenon is simply “what appears,” and the job of the phenomenologist is to recreate the conditions that enable a given phenomenon to appear to her or him by practicing skills of imaginative empathy, intellectual restraint, and a constant oscillating attention between the folds of her own experience and knowledge and the stuff of history.
Two moments, exposed In Kant’s theory of religion, the two moments of affirmation and critique activated with every application of the term religion appear in full form. , concerning supersensible realms, he affirms that complex as a distinct element of human life with a role to play in nurturing the enlightenment of human beings. On the other, such a complex appears as valuable through a process of selection in which those facets that mirror a rational belief in God are privileged and others set aside.