Concepts of person in religion and thought by Hans G. Kippenberg, Yme B. Kuiper, Andy F. Sanders

By Hans G. Kippenberg, Yme B. Kuiper, Andy F. Sanders

Sinceits founding via Jacques Waardenburg in 1971, faith and cause has been a number one discussion board for contributions on theories, theoretical matters and agendas regarding the phenomenon and the research of faith. issues comprise (among others) classification formation, comparability, ethnophilosophy, hermeneutics, technique, delusion, phenomenology, philosophy of technology, clinical atheism, structuralism, and theories of faith. every now and then the sequence publishes volumes that map the cutting-edge and the heritage of the self-discipline.

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16 21:38 The Concepì of Person in American Anthropology 41 In a certain sense Sir Edmund is right, but what his criticism demonstrates on a more general level is a difference in theoretical point of view. -' contributors to this volume, is ... 'the notion or concept that different men in different ages have formed' of the person in the narrow sense - more particularly 'according to their systems of law, religion, customs, social structures and morality'. What is this wider 'notion or concept' or structure of thinking concerning the person that is held to be fundamental, universal and necessary?

These symbols then he calls 'vehicles of meanings'. B. , crucial religious rituals as the reading of a text containing various messages. In the cremation of a Balinese prince he identifies the following messages: a certain consciousness of the divine, the invocation of a sacred atmosphere, societal prestige and the public imposition of a feeling of togetherness. I have just mentioned Geertz's sympathy for a specific variant of British philosophy. Most British anthropologists however - calling themselves, nomen est omen, 'social anthropologists' - do not appreciate Geertz's work.

Inspired by the German sociologist Max Weber, Geertz characterised the anthropological study of religion as a two-stage operation: in the first place, an analysis of the system of meanings embodied in the symbols which make up religion, and, in the second place, the relating of these systems to social-structural and psychological processes. According to 'meanings-and-symbols anthropologists' like Geertz, the importance of religion consists in its capacity to serve, for the individual as well as for the group, as a source of general, yet distinctive conceptions of the world, the self, and the relations between them.

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