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Towards a Religious Humanism?

Jens Zimmermann

in Humanism and Religion

Published in print January 2012 | ISBN: 9780199697755
Published online May 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780191738159 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199697755.003.0009
Towards a Religious Humanism?

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This final chapter draws the various strands of the previous arguments together and sketches the contours of a religious humanism based on the West's Christian roots in incarnational philosophy that emphasises the need for religious belief to ground human dignity, a common humanity, and the hermeneutic quality of human knowledge based on the incarnation. After presenting philosophical possibilities for widening securalist conceptions of reason to include religion, the chapter discusses a number of cases that demonstrate the ongoing failure to mediate transcendence through culture (Derrida on the humanities and the problem of a reason's relation to faith within Islam and Islamic reform movements), and then closes with three axioms of a modern, religiously founded humanistic ethos: self-knowledge, the goal of humanism, requires ethical transcendence, hermeneutics, and aesthetics.

Keywords: religion; hermeneutics; ethics; aesthetics; religious humanism; Islam; faith-reason relation; deconstruction; humanities

Chapter.  16425 words. 

Subjects: Philosophy of Religion

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