Monday, November 10, 2008

Recollecting on the hermeneutics of recollection

Going over some notes I thought I'd recap on the hermeneutics of recollection.

The approach is sympathetic to religion. It assumes believers are in touch with something real. Its task is to recollect and retrieve something for our age, convinced there is a message we must understand. The hermeneutics of suspicion however, denies there is a divine reality in religion. Its conception is said to be the product of illusion. Because there is nothing real to recollect or retrieve, enlightenment consists in rescuing us from religious mystification.

Here is a simple list of the hermeneutics of understanding:

RECOLLECTION: theology/defense/apologetics
SUSPICION: Reductionists (Freud, Marx)
CONTEMPLATION: Wittgenstein, possibly James

1 comment:

Leslie Lim said...

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