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Author Makarushka, Irena S. M. (Irena Sophia Maria)

Title Religious imagination and language in Emerson and Nietzsche / Irena S.M. Makarushka.

Published New York : St. Martin's Press, 1994.


Location Call No. Status
 UniM Bail  814.3 MAKA    AVAILABLE
Physical description pages cm
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index.
Contents Pretext -- 1. Emerson on Religion. Religion and the God Within. Justification and the Unmediated Knowledge of God. Religion as the Creative Process of Inner Affirmation -- 2. Nietzsche on Religion. End of Belief and the Origin of Religion. 'Glad Tidings' as Imagination and Practice -- 3. Emerson on Language: Poetics of Religious Experience. Parts and the Whole: Words and Language. Transparent Things -- 4. Nietzsche on Language: Interpretation as Religious Practice. Knowledge, Illusion and the Creative Will. Language as Metaphor. Ambiguity, Interpretation and Meaning -- Afterthoughts -- Notes -- Select Bibliography -- Index.
Summary This book considers Emerson and Nietzsche primarily as post-theological religious thinkers and treats their understanding of the nature of religion and language. It suggests that both thinkers articulated a deeply felt concern about the inadequacy of traditional concepts of God, religion and religious experience. As part of the process of reassessing received 'truth' they transformed theology into anthropology and privileged immanence over transcendence. As a result of this paradigm shift, religion becomes a manifestation of the creative will engaged in the process of meaning-making. The critique of Christianity and rejection of transcendence which allowed these thinkers to recover the divine within the individual is informed by their emphasis on the humanity of Jesus. Emerson described Jesus as 'the Sayer'; Nietzsche described him as 'the Evangel'. The idea of Jesus as man is also the key to their interpretation of language.
The Word inscribed in the world becomes the condition for the possibility of meaning.
Subject Emerson, Ralph Waldo, 1803-1882 -- Religion.
Nietzsche, Friedrich Wilhelm, 1844-1900 -- Religion.
Comparative literature -- American and German.
Comparative literature -- German and American.
Religious literature -- History and criticism.
Religion in literature.
ISBN 0312120222