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Mircea Eliade's vision for a new humanism

Author: David Cave
Publisher: New York : Oxford University Press, 1993.
Edition/Format:   Print book : Biography : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Mircea Eliade, influential writer and scholar of religion, envisioned a spiritually destitute modern culture coming into renewed meaning through the recovery of archetypal myths and symbols. Eliade foresaw this restoration of meaning bringing about a "new humanism" of existential meaning and cultural-religious unity - but left it ambiguously defined. Cave sets forward a structural description of what this "new  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Named Person: Mircea Eliade; Mircea Eliade; Mircea Eliade; Mircea Eliade; Mircea Eliade
Material Type: Biography, Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: David Cave
ISBN: 0195074343 9780195074345
OCLC Number: 24697598
Description: x, 218 pages ; 22 cm
Contents: 1. Introduction. Biography of Eliade. Nature of This Book --
2. The New Humanism as a Hermeneutics of a "Participatory Morphology" and as a Spiritual Vision. A Hermeneutics of a "Participatory Morphology. The New Humanism as a Spiritual Vision --
3. The Nature of the Human Condition: Humans as Symbolic. The Character of Symbolic Existence. The New Humanism as Dialectical and Incarnational. As a Cosmic Spirituality. The New Humanism and the Relation to the Whole --
4. The Nature of the Human Condition: The Human as Mythic and as Homo Religiosus. Humans as Mythic. Humans Make and Live in Myth. The New Humanism as Transhistorical. The New Humanism Patterned After Exemplary Models. The New Humanism Patterned After Communitarian Models. The Human Being as Homo Religiosus --
5. The Goals of the New Humanism. Humans as Authentic. Humans as Free. Humans as Cultural. Humans at the Center --
6. The Challenges of the New Humanism. Humans as Creative. Humans and Initiation. The New Humanism: A Science --
7. Conclusion. Summary of Intent. Appraisal of Findings.
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Mircea Eliade, influential writer and scholar of religion, envisioned a spiritually destitute modern culture coming into renewed meaning through the recovery of archetypal myths and symbols. Eliade foresaw this restoration of meaning bringing about a "new humanism" of existential meaning and cultural-religious unity - but left it ambiguously defined. Cave sets forward a structural description of what this "new humanism" might have meant for Eliade, and what it signifies for modern culture, through a biographical exegesis of Eliade's life and writings from his early years in Romania to his last years as professor of the history of religions at the University of Chicago. Addressing Eliade's political associations and espousals on Romanian politics and culture, theories on myth and symbols, existential and comparative hermeneutics, literature of the fantastic, interpretation of homo religiosus, views on the loss of meaning in modern consciousness and on the cosmic spirituality of archaic humans, as well as other subjects, Cave sets these topics within the totality of Eliade's oeuvre and evaluates them through the lens of the "new humanism." Cave's book is the first to organize and evaluate the whole of Eliade's work around a guiding principle, and on Eliade's own terms. To augment the "new humanism," Cave uses data and themes from the history of religions and draws on philosophy, anthropology, psychology, modern science, and literary studies. The result is a broad and probing overview of this most influential, enigmatic, and frequently controversial man. Cave concludes by endorsing Eliade's radically pluralistic vision which, he argues, offers a key to the revitalization of our demythologized and material culture. Cave also repositions previous Eliadean studies, and places the "new humanism" as the paradigm in relation to which future readings of Eliade should be evaluated.

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