‘The Why and What of Philosophy of Religion: Towards a New Hermeneutic Phenomenology for Pedagogical Practice’

Williams, Duane (2015) ‘The Why and What of Philosophy of Religion: Towards a New Hermeneutic Phenomenology for Pedagogical Practice’. Journal of Dharma, 40 (4). pp. 443-462. ISSN 0253-7222

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This essay seeks to question the typical approach taken by philosophy of religion, and offers a new one in its place. This new approach differs by letting the religious be heard on its own terms, rather than simply judging it on philosophical ones. Employing the thought of Martin Heidegger, it begins with an exploration of the word ‘why’ in philosophy according to Leibniz’s Principle of Sufficient Reason. This is contrasted with the mystical thought of Angelus Silesius, also known as Johannes Scheffler. Again through Heidegger the second part explores the meaning of the word ‘what’ in philosophy, and shows how the nature of philosophy was circumscribed as speculative knowledge. The third part examines what it means to do philosophy of religion, and explains why as it stands this is inadequate. Finally, drawing on my own classroom practice an arguably more fruitful phenomenological hermeneutic approach to philosophy of religion is offered.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information and Comments: Permission to hold in repository granted on 21st July 2016
Keywords: Philosophy of Religion, Martin Heidegger, Gottfried Leibniz, Principle of Reason, Johannes Scheffler, Subjective Representation, Heraclitus, Phenomenological Hermeneutics.
Faculty / Department: Faculty of Arts & Humanities > Theology, Philosophy and Religion
Depositing User: Lauren Whiston
Date Deposited: 22 Jul 2016 08:26
Last Modified: 19 Jan 2018 13:16
URI: http://hira.hope.ac.uk/id/eprint/968

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