Mircea Eliade's Vision for a New Humanism / Edition 1

Mircea Eliade's Vision for a New Humanism / Edition 1

by John David Cave, Cave, David Cave
     
 

ISBN-10: 0195074343

ISBN-13: 9780195074345

Pub. Date: 01/28/1993

Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA

The influential scholar of religion Mircea Eliade envisioned a spiritually destitute modern culture coming into renewed meaning through the recovery of archetypal myths and symbols. Eliade defined this restoration of meaning as a "new humanism" of existential meaning and cultural-religious unity. Through a biographical exegesis of Eliade's life and

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The influential scholar of religion Mircea Eliade envisioned a spiritually destitute modern culture coming into renewed meaning through the recovery of archetypal myths and symbols. Eliade defined this restoration of meaning as a "new humanism" of existential meaning and cultural-religious unity. Through a biographical exegesis of Eliade's life and writings from his earliest years in Romania to his final ones as professor of the history of religions at the University of Chicago, Cave sets forward a structural description of what this "new humanism" might have meant for Eliade, and what it signifies for modern culture. Cave concludes by endorsing Eliade's radically pluralistic vision which, he argues, offers a key to the revitalization of our demythologized and material culture. This study repositions previous Eliadean studies and places the "new humanism" as the paradigm in relation to which future readings of Eliade should be evaluated.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780195074345
Publisher:
Oxford University Press, USA
Publication date:
01/28/1993
Pages:
232
Product dimensions:
5.63(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.97(d)
Lexile:
1390L (what's this?)

Table of Contents

1Introduction3
Biography of Eliade6
Nature of This Book12
2The New Humanism as a Hermeneutics of a "Participatory Morphology" and as a Spiritual Vision14
A Hermeneutics of a "Participatory Morphology14
The New Humanism as a Spiritual Vision25
3The Nature of the Human Condition: Humans as Symbolic32
The Character of Symbolic Existence33
The New Humanism as Dialectical and Incarnational35
As a Cosmic Spirituality41
The New Humanism and the Relation to the Whole54
4The Nature of the Human Condition: The Human as Mythic and as Homo Religiosus65
Humans as Mythic66
Humans Make and Live in Myth67
The New Humanism as Transhistorical72
The New Humanism Patterned After Exemplary Models81
The New Humanism Patterned After Communitarian Models90
The Human Being as Homo Religiosus92
5The Goals of the New Humanism103
Humans as Authentic104
Humans as Free119
Humans as Cultural127
Humans at the Center140
6The Challenges of the New Humanism169
Humans as Creative170
Humans and Initiation178
The New Humanism: A Science185
7Conclusion192
Summary of Intent192
Appraisal of Findings194
Bibliography197
Index211

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