Do We Need Religion?
On the Experience of Self-Transcendence
By (author) Hans Joas
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Do We Need Religion? by Hans Joas
Book DescriptionThe old assumption that modernization leads to secularization is outdated. Yet the certainty that religion is an anthropological universal that can only be suppressed by governments is also dead. Thus it is now a favorable moment for a new perspective on religion. This book takes human experiences of self-transcendence as its point of departure. Religious faith is seen as an attempt to articulate and interpret such experiences. Faith then is neither useful nor a symptom of weakness or misery, but an opening up of ways of experience. This book develops this basic idea, contrasts it with the thinking of some leading religious thinkers of our time, and relates it to the current debates about human rights and universal human dignity.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9781594514388
(216mm x 140mm x 15mm)
Publisher: Taylor & Francis Ltd
Publish Date: 20-Feb-2008
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
Books By Author Hans Joas
Mind, Self, and Society, Paperback (May 2015)
George Herbert Mead is widely recognized as one of the most brilliantly original American pragmatists. Although he had a profound influence on the development of social philosophy, he published no books in his lifetime. This book captures his wry humor and shrewd reasoning, showing a man comfortable quoting Aristotle alongside Alice in Wonderland.
Sacredness of the Person, Paperback (February 2013)
What are the origins of the idea of human rights and universal human dignity? How can we most fully understand - and realize - these rights going into the future? This title sets out a path, proposing an affirmative genealogy in which human rights are the result of a process of "sacralization" of every human being.
War in Social Thought, Hardback (October 2012)» View all books by Hans Joas
While focusing on social thought, this book draws on many disciplines, including philosophy, anthropology, and political science. It demonstrates the profound difficulties social thinkers - including liberals, socialists, and those intellectuals who could be regarded as the sociologists - had in coming to terms with the phenomenon of war.
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Author Biography - Hans Joas
Hans Joas is Professor of Sociology at the University of Chicago, where he belongs to the influential Committee on Social Thought. He is also director of the Max Weber Center for Advanced Cultural and Social Studies in Erfurt, Germany. Among his recent English books are The Genesis of Values (University of Chicago Press 2000) and Social Theory (with W. Knoebl, Cambridge University Press 2008).
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