Interpreting Anew and Alone: Vision and Succession in Dutch Phenomenology

Daniel Gold

in Aesthetics and Analysis in Writing on Religion

Published by University of California Press

Published in print June 2003 | ISBN: 9780520236134
Published online May 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520929517 | DOI:
Interpreting Anew and Alone: Vision and Succession in Dutch Phenomenology

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This chapter explores individualistic extremes of interpretation, examining the ways in which the expansive visions of successive Dutch phenomenologists play against their immediate predecessors. Different English renderings of Religionswissenschaft include a phrase phenomenology of religion. Highlighting the phenomena of traditions can lead scholars to describe the stuff of religious tradition as it exists in its own right, leaving their own vision, but it can also lead scholars toward abstractions about the materials of traditions, toward identifying basic types of phenomena. In this sense, phenomenology is an inherently interpretive exercise. The writer who most famously embraced the term phenomenology of religion for his own scholarship was the Dutchman Gerardus van der Leeuw, and the term is sometimes used specifically to characterize his and related work by Dutch pioneers in religious studies, who often seemed to present their private syntheses as public truth.

Keywords: Dutch phenomenology; phenomenologists; Religionswissenschaft; phenomenology of religion; vision; religious tradition

Chapter.  4941 words. 

Subjects: Religious Studies

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