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Mircea Eliade's Vision for a New Humanism - David Cave

Mircea Eliade's Vision for a New Humanism

Hardcover Published: 28th January 1993
ISBN: 9780195074345
Number Of Pages: 232

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The influential scholar of religion Mircea Eliade envisioned a spiritually destitute modern culture coming into renewed meaning through the recovery of archetypal myths and symbols. Eliade defined this restoration of meaning as a "new humanism" of existential meaning and cultural-religious unity. Through a biographical exegesis of Eliade's life and writings from his earliest years in Romania to his final ones as professor of the history of religions at the University of Chicago, Cave sets forward a structural description of what this "new humanism" might have meant for Eliade, and what it signifies for modern culture. Cave concludes by endorsing Eliade's radically pluralistic vision which, he argues, offers a key to the revitalization of our demythologized and material culture. This study repositions previous Eliadean studies and places the "new humanism" as the paradigm in relation to which future readings of Eliade should be evaluated.

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"Recommended for all students of the humanities."--Choice "A compelling survey of Eliade's `New Humanistic' perspective....Cave's knowledge is very extensive and sound, his ideas as well as his style are clear and orderly. It will make excellent reading for graduate students of religion, or for gifted undergraduates."--Ioan P. Culianu "This is presently the most thorough study of Eliade's "oeuvre."--Worship "In this impressive work, David Cave demonstrates extensive knowledge of and a personal feel for his subject matter....This is one of the most sympathetic major studies ever written about Eliade."--The Journal of Religion "Mircea Eliade's Vision for a New Humanism is a scholarly, thought-provoking study that deserves perusal by anyone concerned for the future of civilization."--NAOS "Recommended for all students of the humanities."--Choice "A compelling survey of Eliade's `New Humanistic' perspective....Cave's knowledge is very extensive and sound, his ideas as well as his style are clear and orderly. It will make excellent reading for graduate students of religion, or for gifted undergraduates."--Ioan P. Culianu "This is presently the most thorough study of Eliade's "oeuvre."--Worship "In this impressive work, David Cave demonstrates extensive knowledge of and a personal feel for his subject matter....This is one of the most sympathetic major studies ever written about Eliade."--The Journal of Religion "Mircea Eliade's Vision for a New Humanism is a scholarly, thought-provoking study that deserves perusal by anyone concerned for the future of civilization."--NAOS "Cave has understood Eliade's thought and motivation correctly, and his book should stand as a major contribution to the growing body of interpretations of Mircea Eliade." --Journal of the American Academy of Religion

Prefacep. vii
Introductionp. 3
Notesp. 13
The New Humanism as a Hermeneutics of a Participatory Morphology"""" and as a Spiritual Vision""""p. 14
The Nature of the Human Condition: Humans as Symbolicp. 32
Notesp. 57
The Nature of the Human Condition: the Human as Mythic and as Homo Religiosusp. 65
Notesp. 94
The Goals of the New Humanismp. 103
Notesp. 157
The Challenges of the New Humanismp. 169
Notesp. 187
Conclusionp. 192
Bibliographyp. 197
Indexp. 211
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ISBN: 9780195074345
ISBN-10: 0195074343
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 232
Published: 28th January 1993
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 21.74 x 14.53  x 2.31
Weight (kg): 0.4

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