Reconstructing Eliade : making sense of religion

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Book
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ISBN 10
0791427633 
ISBN 13
9780791427637 
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Publication Year
1996 
Subject
Religion--Study and teaching--History--20th century.; Eliade, Mircea,--1907-1986.; Eliade, Mircea,--1907-1986. 
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xii, 293 pages ; 24 cm; Hierophany -- The sacred -- The dialectic of the sacred and the profane -- The coincidentia oppositorum -- Homo religiosius -- Symbols and symbolism -- Myths and mythology -- Illud Tempus -- Time by any other name -- History and the historical -- Some initial conclusions -- Relativism -- The retreat to commitment -- Eliade's political involvement -- Scholarly criticism of Eliade -- Some more specific criticisms -- The religious creativity of modern humanity -- Archaic, modern, postmodern -- Some final conclusions.; Reconstructing Eliade is a concept-by-concept analysis of the thought of Mircea Eliade and a re-evaluation of his analysis of religion. It illustrates how a thorough familiarity with Eliade's work can produce an interpretation of his thought as systematic, coherent, and fully rational. Part One provides an analysis of the terms of Eliade's understanding of religion - hierophany, the sacred and the dialectic of the sacred and profane, homo religiosus, myths and symbols - and thus of the meaning of religion implied throughout his work. Part Two inspects various problems which arise in light of this analysis, particularly relativism and the role of commitment. Part Three applies this analysis to certain problems - religion in the modern world and Eliade's unfinished analysis of the modern, the postmodern phenomenon, implicit religion, and various related problems in the study of religion. Far from being outmoded and inadequate, Eliade's thought is suggested to be fertile ground for the reconception of religious realities in the contemporary world.; 
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