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By Edward Slingerland

ISBN-10: 0872207722

ISBN-13: 9780872207721

This variation is going past others that mostly go away readers to their very own units in knowing this cryptic paintings, via delivering an entre into the textual content that parallels the conventional chinese language approach of imminent it: along Slingerland's beautiful rendering of the paintings are his translations of a range of vintage chinese language commentaries that make clear tricky passages, supply historic and cultural context, and invite the reader to give some thought to a variety of interpretations. definitely the right pupil version, this quantity additionally encompasses a normal advent, notes, a number of appendices—including a thesaurus of technical phrases, references to fashionable Western scholarship that time the way in which for extra research, and an annotated bibliography.

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At this point, a certain tension arises between Taylor’s hermeneutic intentions and his culturalist theory. On the one hand, he limits the concept of religious belief, as a variant of the interpretation of experiences of fullness oriented toward transcendence and human transformation, to the civilizational sphere of Western Christianity (ASA: 15). On the other hand, he employs this concept in a much more general and comparative sense when he argues that all traditions of the “Axial Age,” meaning Confucianism, Hinduism, Buddhism as well as the monotheistic salvation religions, had opened up new possibilities for human transformation through the radicalization of transcendence (ASA: 151– 153, 611).

That tradition is known for being quite open to the motivational power of religious ideas (Schluchter 1988) and to conceive of modernity as a cultural program whose internal construction fundamentally changes the forms of religious belief (see Eisenstadt 1998; Meyer, Boli, and Thomas 1987). Nonetheless, Taylor’s critique of sociology cannot simply be pushed aside. Its core challenge is that assuming a (supposedly) neutral observer’s perspective from the start sets reflection upon the immanent frame on a problematic track.

A specific component of the differentiation of political and religious order. 16 15:57 42 Matthias Koenig (in regulating the religious field), and religious minorities (in deregulating the religious field), and identifies the political conditions (a stable power framework and high opportunity costs of regulation) as well as religious conditions (pluralization) under which – assuming rational action choices among all three groups of actors – the provision of religious freedom and/or the deregulation of the religious field becomes plausible.

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