Thinking Through Rituals / Edition 1

Thinking Through Rituals / Edition 1

by Kevin Schilbrack
     
 

ISBN-10: 0415290589

ISBN-13: 9780415290586

Pub. Date: 05/10/2004

Publisher: Taylor & Francis

Many philosophical approaches today seek to overcome the division between mind and body. If such projects succeed, then thinking is not restricted to the disembodied mind, but is in some sense done through the body. From a post-Cartesian perspective, then, ritual activities that discipline the body are not just thoughtless motions, but crucial parts of the way

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Many philosophical approaches today seek to overcome the division between mind and body. If such projects succeed, then thinking is not restricted to the disembodied mind, but is in some sense done through the body. From a post-Cartesian perspective, then, ritual activities that discipline the body are not just thoughtless motions, but crucial parts of the way people think.

Thinking Through Rituals explores religious ritual acts and their connection to meaning and truth, belief, memory, inquiry, worldview and ethics. Drawing on philosophers such as Foucault, Merleau-Ponty and Wittgenstein, and sources from cognitive science, pragmatism and feminist theory, it provides philosophical resources for understanding religious ritual practices like the Christian Eucharistic ceremony, Hatha Yoga, sacred meditation or liturgical speech.

Its essays consider a wide variety of rituals in Christianity, Judaism, Hinduism and Buddhism - including political protest rituals and gay commitment ceremonies, traditional Vedic and Yogic rites, Christian and Buddhist meditation and the Jewish Shabbat. They challenge the traditional disjunction between thought and action, showing how philosophy can help to illuminate the relationship between doing and meaning which ritual practices imply.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780415290586
Publisher:
Taylor & Francis
Publication date:
05/10/2004
Pages:
288
Product dimensions:
6.14(w) x 9.21(h) x 0.69(d)

Table of Contents

Introduction : on the use of philosophy in the study of rituals1
1Ritual, body technique, and (inter)subjectivity31
2Practice, belief, and feminist philosophy of religion52
3Rites of passing : Foucault, power, and same-sex commitement ceremonies71
4Scapegoat rituals in Wittgensteinian perspective97
5Ritual inquiry : the pragmatic logic of religious practice113
6Ritual metaphysics128
7Philosophical naturalism and the cognitive appraoch to ritual148
8Theories and facts on ritual simultaneities172
9Moral cultivation through ritual participation : Xunzi's philosophy of ritual188
10The ritual roots of moral reason : lessons from Mimamsa207
11Ritual gives rise to thought : liturgical reasoning in modern Jewish philosophy224
12Ritual and Christian philosophy238
13Religious rituals, spiritually disciplined practices, and health251

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