Christianity and the material, medieval to modern

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Elm, Susanne and Ocker, Christopher 2020. Christianity and the material, medieval to modern. in: C. Ocker and S. Elm (ed.) Material Christianity: Western Religion and the Agency of Things; Volume 32 Switzerland: Springer International Publishing. pp. 1 - 25
AuthorsElm, Susanne and Ocker, Christopher
EditorsC. Ocker and S. Elm
Abstract

Quite recently it was said that the humanities and social sciences had taken a “linguistic turn.” Today a “material turn” has taken place, perhaps in reaction to the ruling post-structuralism of the 1980s and 1990s, or as an extension of post-modern approaches. The dangers posed by human-induced climate change and the success of cognitive-scientific subdisciplines that address consciousness, social interaction, and communication run parallel to “new materialists” across numerous disciplines in the humanities and social sciences (archeologists, anthropologists, and historians of art, architecture, science, and religion) intent on turning an earlier anthropocentrism on its head. These new materialists experiment with sometimes extreme views of material agency, even while they examine symbolic systems in past and present, thus approaching “culture” as “human behavioral ecology” or pursuing “cognitive archeology” – with methods that presuppose the physical co-dependence of human reflection, things, and environments. But can or should the symbolic content of a culture be treated as a material thing?

Page range1 - 25
Year2020
Book titleMaterial Christianity: Western Religion and the Agency of Things; Volume 32
PublisherSpringer International Publishing
Place of publicationSwitzerland
SeriesSophia Studies in Cross-cultural Philosophy of Traditions and Cultures
ISBN9783030320171
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-030-32018-8
Research GroupInstitute for Religion and Critical Inquiry
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