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Schleiermacher on Religion and the Natural Order

Andrew C. Dole


This book reconstructs Friedrich Schleiermacher's understanding of religion and sets this reconstruction into the intellectual and political context of Schleiermacher's work. It is common in the English literature to see Schleiermacher described as a theorist of “religious experience” or as a hermeneutician of religion, but these views fundamentally misrepresent both the central concerns and the contents of his writings. The reconstruction focuses on Schleiermacher's account of religion as a historically and culturally embedded phenomenon that extends from a core or “essence” within human subj ... More

Keywords: Schleiermacher, Proudfoot, naturalism, study of religion, Religionswissenschaft, Protestant theology, determinism, essence

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2009 Print ISBN-13: 9780195341171
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: February 2010 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195341171.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Andrew C. Dole, author
Amherst College
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