Words: Religious Language Matters by Ernst van den HemelWords: Religious Language Matters by Ernst van den Hemel

Words: Religious Language Matters

EditorErnst van den Hemel, Asja Szafraniec

Paperback | June 15, 2016

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It is said that words are like people: One can encounter them daily yet never come to know their true selves. This volume examines what words are-how they exist-in religious phenomena. Going beyond the common idea that language merely describes states of mind, beliefs, and intentions, the book looks at words in their performative and material specificity.

The contributions in the volume develop the insight that our implicit assumptions about what language does guide the way we understand and experience religious phenomena. They also explore the possibility that insights about the particular status of religious utterances may in turn influence the way we think about words in our language.

Ernst van den Hemel is research fellow at the Centre for the Humanities, University Utrecht. Asja Szafraniec teaches in the Department of Philosophy at the University of Amsterdam.
Title:Words: Religious Language MattersFormat:PaperbackDimensions:614 pagesPublished:June 15, 2016Publisher:Fordham University PressLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0823255565

ISBN - 13:9780823255566


Editorial Reviews

"The conversation about the modern, the religious, and the secular is not over, and this volume will push the dialogue in fruitful new directions."