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Aesthetics and Analysis in Writing on ReligionModern Fascinations$
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Daniel Gold

Print publication date: 2003

Print ISBN-13: 9780520236134

Published to California Scholarship Online: May 2012

DOI: 10.1525/california/9780520236134.001.0001

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Interpreting Anew and Alone: Vision and Succession in Dutch Phenomenology

Interpreting Anew and Alone: Vision and Succession in Dutch Phenomenology

(p.131) Chapter 8 Interpreting Anew and Alone: Vision and Succession in Dutch Phenomenology
Aesthetics and Analysis in Writing on Religion

Daniel Gold

University of California Press

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

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