Recognition and Religion Hardback

A Historical and Systematic Study

by Risto Saarinen;

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Recognition and Religion

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During the last twenty years, the theory of recognition has become an established field of philosophy and social studies. Variants of this theory often promise applications to the burning political issues of current society, such as the challenges of multiculturalism, group identity, and conflicts between ideologies and religions. The seminal works of this trend employ Hegelian ideas to tackle the problem of modernity. Although some recent studies also investigate the pre-Hegelian roots of recognition, this concept is normally considered to be a product of the secular modernity of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. Recognition and Religion: A Historical and Systematic Study challenges this assumption and claims that important intellectual roots of the concept and conceptions of recognition are found in much earlier religious sources. Risto Saarinen outlines the first intellectual history of religious recognition, stretching from the New Testament to present day. He connects the history of religion with philosophical approaches, arguing that philosophers owe a considerable historical and conceptual debt to the religious processes of recognition.
At the same time, religious recognition has a distinctive profile that differs from philosophy in some important respects. Saarinen undertakes a systematic elaboration of the insights provided by the tradition of religious recognition. He proposes that theology and philosophy can make creative use of the long history of religious recognition.

Recognition and Religion by Risto Saarinen was published by Oxford University Press in October 2016. The ISBN for Recognition and Religion is 9780198791966.

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Details for Recognition and Religion

Page last updated 12th August 2016
Author / Artist
Book FormatHardback
PublisherOxford University Press (October 2016)
Number of Pages304
Thickness20 mm
Height216 mm
Width135 mm
Product Code4450036
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