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

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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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"Recommended for all students of the humanities."—Choice

"A compelling survey of Eliade's 'New Humanistic' perspective....Cave's knowledge is very extensive and sound, his ideas as well as his style are clear and orderly. It will make excellent reading for graduate students of religion, or for gifted undergraduates."—Ioan P. Culianu

"This is presently the most thorough study of Eliade's "oeuvre."—Worship

"In this impressive work, David Cave demonstrates extensive knowledge of and a personal feel for his subject matter....This is one of the most sympathetic major studies ever written about Eliade."—The Journal of Religion

"Mircea Eliade's Vision for a New Humanism is a scholarly, thought-provoking study that deserves perusal by anyone concerned for the future of civilization."—NAOS

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780195074345
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
  • Publication date: 1/28/1993
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 232
  • Lexile: 1390L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 5.63 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.97 (d)

Table of Contents

1 Introduction 3
Biography of Eliade 6
Nature of This Book 12
2 The New Humanism as a Hermeneutics of a "Participatory Morphology" and as a Spiritual Vision 14
A Hermeneutics of a "Participatory Morphology 14
The New Humanism as a Spiritual Vision 25
3 The Nature of the Human Condition: Humans as Symbolic 32
The Character of Symbolic Existence 33
The New Humanism as Dialectical and Incarnational 35
As a Cosmic Spirituality 41
The New Humanism and the Relation to the Whole 54
4 The Nature of the Human Condition: The Human as Mythic and as Homo Religiosus 65
Humans as Mythic 66
Humans Make and Live in Myth 67
The New Humanism as Transhistorical 72
The New Humanism Patterned After Exemplary Models 81
The New Humanism Patterned After Communitarian Models 90
The Human Being as Homo Religiosus 92
5 The Goals of the New Humanism 103
Humans as Authentic 104
Humans as Free 119
Humans as Cultural 127
Humans at the Center 140
6 The Challenges of the New Humanism 169
Humans as Creative 170
Humans and Initiation 178
The New Humanism: A Science 185
7 Conclusion 192
Summary of Intent 192
Appraisal of Findings 194
Bibliography 197
Index 211
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