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Reading Religious Ritual with Ricoeur

Between Fragility and Hope

Reading Religious Ritual with Ricoeur

Between Fragility and Hope

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Publisher: Lexington Books
ISBN: 9781793647177
Number of Pages: 300
Published: 20/08/2021
Width: 16.1 cm
Height: 22.8 cm
Reading Religious Ritual with Ricoeur: Between Fragility and Hope creates a dialogue between Ricoeur's hermeneutic philosophy and the interpretation of human ritual practices. In the first part of the book, Christina M. Gschwandtner shows that Ricoeur's account of religion would be deepened if it were to take into account not only the biblical texts but also forms of liturgical expression. She challenges Ricoeur's early reading of the symbol and second naivete, extends his interpretation of biblical texts and faith to consider religious actions more fully, and suggests that ritual can enhance human capacities. The second part of the book employs Ricoeur's hermeneutics to shed light on the analysis of liturgy, demonstrating that his accounts of truth, of the world of the text, of religious language, of the imagination, and of the formation of identity are all eminently applicable to liturgical experience. Reading Religious Ritual with Ricoeur argues that one of the most significant themes in Ricoeur's work-the tension between fragility and hope-is especially helpful for understanding what liturgy does and how it functions. Seeing how liturgy and ritual configure fragility and hope also enriches Ricoeur's account of the role and function of religion in human experience.

Christina M. Gschwandtner

Christina M. Gschwandtner is professor of continental philosophy of religion at Fordham University.

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