Mimetic Reflections: A Study in Hermeneutics, Theology, and Ethics by William SchweikerMimetic Reflections: A Study in Hermeneutics, Theology, and Ethics by William Schweiker

Mimetic Reflections: A Study in Hermeneutics, Theology, and Ethics

byWilliam Schweiker

Paperback | January 1, 1990

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This book argues that a basic problem in thinking about understanding, temporality, and selfhood is due to "imitative" modes of thought found in much traditional Western philosophy and theology. Given this, the book examines the complex role that "image" and "imitation" play in understanding and its world of meaning, the import of language and narrative for configuring human temporality, and the existence of self. The author's contention is that when critically understood, mimesis, with its roots in performative enactment, holds resources for reconsidering these basic dimensions of human life beyond imitative paradigms of thought.
William Schweiker is Assistant Professor of Theology and Ethics at the Divinity School of the University of Chicago. He holds degrees from Simpson College, Duke University, and a doctorate in theology from the University of Chicago. Previously he taught at the School of Religion of the University of Iowa. He has edited two books and ha...
Title:Mimetic Reflections: A Study in Hermeneutics, Theology, and EthicsFormat:PaperbackDimensions:267 pages, 9 × 6 × 0.08 inPublished:January 1, 1990Publisher:Fordham University Press

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ISBN - 10:0823212548

ISBN - 13:9780823212545

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The argument of this book is carried on at three interrelated levels. First, I contend that the problem of 'mimesis' helps to unfold dimensions of hermeneutical reflection. Second, the book attempts to reclaim the notion of mimesis as crucial for contemporary reflection. The final concern of this book is not simply to reconstruct mimesis and provide a reading of current thinkers.

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