Recovering Experience

Kimerer L. LaMothe

in Between Dancing and Writing

Published by Fordham University Press

Published in print November 2004 | ISBN: 9780823224036
Published online March 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780823236916 | DOI:
Recovering Experience

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This chapter illustrates how Schleiermacher's early critique of Kant's theory of religion further cements a resistance to considering dance as religion. In his classic, On Religion, Schleiermacher claims that the relationship Kant presumes between reason and experience is inadequate to negotiating a critical affirmation of religion. Schleiermacher uses the term “religion” to name a kind of “experience” that gives rise to reason and cannot be represented by reason. Theology, in turn, represents for him a claim to truth whose fixity occludes ongoing receptivity to religion. Even though Schleiermacher reverses Kant's privileging of reason over experience, he continues to rely on the practice of writing to protect his account of reason and religion from theology.

Keywords: experience; Schleiermacher; On Religion; Kant; reason

Chapter.  6350 words. 

Subjects: Religious Studies

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