Herder’s psychology of religion — lecture

USU Philosophy Club

Philosophy Lecture

“‘Living Beings, Not Speculating Chimeras’: Herder’s Psychology of Religion”

Benjamin Crowe
Assistant Professor in Philosophy
University of Utah

Summary: J.G. Herder (1744-1804) is acknowledged as a pioneer in philosophy, theology, history, anthropology, and allied disciplines. This paper explores Herder’s development of a psychogenetic account of religion through a critical confrontation with the dominant theological rationalism of the age. Herder’s view undercuts various false dilemmas posed by the rationalists by situating religion within a reconfigured account of the “lower faculties” of the soul, thereby effecting an important, if somewhat overlooked, revolution in the modern science of religion.

Friday, March 27
4:30 p.m.
Main 301

All are welcome!


Author: Huenemann

Curious about the ways humans use their minds and hearts to distract themselves from the meaninglessness of life.

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