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Mircea Eliade and the Quest for Religious Meaning

Author(s): Mihaela Paraschivescu

Journal: Journal for the Study of Religions and Ideologies
ISSN 1583-0039

Volume: 9;
Issue: 25;
Start page: 59;
Date: 2010;
Original page

Keywords: creative hermeneutics | new humanism | homo religiosus | myth | symbol | image | sacred and profane

As Mircea Eliade’s translator and biographer Mac Linscott Rickett states, Eliade involved the whole discipline of the history of religions in the quest for meaning. The paper examines Eliade’s approach of religious documents, with benefits and shortcomings as appraised by some of his American critics, and looks closely at the Eliadean creative hermeneutics and the ambitious mission he envisaged for the discipline he has founded in the United States.
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