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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.
|Introduction : on the use of philosophy in the study of rituals||1|
|1||Ritual, body technique, and (inter)subjectivity||31|
|2||Practice, belief, and feminist philosophy of religion||52|
|3||Rites of passing : Foucault, power, and same-sex commitement ceremonies||71|
|4||Scapegoat rituals in Wittgensteinian perspective||97|
|5||Ritual inquiry : the pragmatic logic of religious practice||113|
|7||Philosophical naturalism and the cognitive appraoch to ritual||148|
|8||Theories and facts on ritual simultaneities||172|
|9||Moral cultivation through ritual participation : Xunzi's philosophy of ritual||188|
|10||The ritual roots of moral reason : lessons from Mimamsa||207|
|11||Ritual gives rise to thought : liturgical reasoning in modern Jewish philosophy||224|
|12||Ritual and Christian philosophy||238|
|13||Religious rituals, spiritually disciplined practices, and health||251|