Ritual and Its Consequences : An Essay on the Limits of Sincerity

Ritual and Its Consequences : An Essay on the Limits of Sincerity

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This pioneering, interdisciplinary work shows how rituals allow us to live in a perennially imperfect world. Drawing on a variety of cultural settings, the authors utilize psychoanalytic and anthropological perspectives to describe how ritual--like play--creates qas ifq worlds, rooted in the imaginative capacity of the human mind to create a subjunctive universe. The ability to cross between imagined worlds is central to the human capacity for empathy. Ritual, they claim, defines the boundaries of these imagined worlds, including those of empathy and other realms of human creativity, such as music, architecture and literature. The authors juxtapose this ritual orientation to a qsincereq search for unity and wholeness. The sincere world sees fragmentation and incoherence as signs of inauthenticity that must be overcome. Our modern world has accepted the sincere viewpoint at the expense of ritual, dismissing ritual as mere convention. In response, the authors show how the conventions of ritual allow us to live together in a broken world. Ritual is work, endless work. But it is among the most important things that we humans do.Madison: University of Wisconsin Press, 2005. Schutz, Alfred. On Phenomenology and Social Relations. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1970. a€”a€”a€”. Reflections on the Problem of Relevance. Edited by Richard M. Zaner. New Havenanbsp;...


Title:Ritual and Its Consequences : An Essay on the Limits of Sincerity
Author: CURA Adam B. Seligman Professor of Religion and Research Associate, BU USA, Department of Anthropology Robert P. Weller Professor and Chair, Reseach Associate Institute for Culture Religion and World Affairs BU USA, Harvard University Robert P. Michael J Professor of Chinese History, USA, Harvard Medical School at Cambridge Health Alliance Robert P. Simon Clinical Professor of Psychiatry, Training and Supervising Analyst Boston Psychoanalytic Society and Institute
Publisher:Oxford University Press, USA - 2008-03-24
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