Religion and Culture http://www.journals.vu.lt/religija-ir-kultura <p>Founded in 2004. Publishes articles&nbsp;on the phenomenon of religion and the relationship between religion and culture by integrating religious studies with religious philosophy and other relevant disciplines of the field.&nbsp;</p> lt-LT <p>Please read the Copyright Notice in&nbsp;<a href="http://www.zurnalai.vu.lt/religija-ir-kultura/journalpolicy">Journal Policy</a>.&nbsp;</p> rita.serpytyte@rstc.vu.lt (Rita Šerpytytė) vigintas.stancelis@kf.vu.lt (Vigintas Stancelis) Thu, 10 Jan 2019 10:33:35 +0200 OJS 3.1.1.2 http://blogs.law.harvard.edu/tech/rss 60 The mind which knows Itself – does it salute its own twin? Augustine’s de Trinitate http://www.journals.vu.lt/religija-ir-kultura/article/view/12303 <p>[full article and abstract in Lithuanian; abstract in English]</p> <p>This paper focuses on Augustine’s account of self-knowledge, with a particular reference to De Trinitate. One of its main peculiarities is that self-knowledge (notitia sui), self-love (amor sui) and the mind (mens) are constructed as a mental triad. It is claimed that this scheme revolves around some incompatible assumptions as fautes de mieux. Self-knowledge is brought into play as a separate ontological unit: not only as an accident but also as a substance. At the same time, mind and self-knowledge are considered as concepts that can be reduced into one ontological unit. It is suggested that the symbiosis of these different ways of consideration could be inspired by Augustine’s attempt to cancel via analogiae between the corporeal and intelligible realms of reality.</p> Gintarė Kurlavičiūtė ##submission.copyrightStatement## http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0 http://www.journals.vu.lt/religija-ir-kultura/article/view/12303 Mon, 07 Jan 2019 00:00:00 +0200 The Iconography of Saint Dominic: The Person, the Image and the Problem of Expressing Holiness http://www.journals.vu.lt/religija-ir-kultura/article/view/12305 <p>[full article and abstract in Lithuanian; abstract in English]</p> <p>In this article, the issue of the “disappearing” personality of St. Dominic (1170–1221) is analyzed through showing the main aspects of his portrayal and the expression of his holiness in biographical and iconographic sources. In these texts, he is called “holy” with a reference to a conscious imitation of Jesus Christ. In the iconography, the signs of his sanctity became the only signs of his personality, and his figure is used as an example of the adoration of God. If losing a vivid personality is connected with expressing holiness, this problem refers to a concept of the icon formulated by Jean-Luc Marion. It gives us an opportunity to call St. Dominic a typical icon, transferring the adoration and losing his own originality. The 13th century concept of sanctity, expressed in the texts of St. Thomas Aquinas, enables us to understand St. Dominic’s image as a continuation of the saint’s choice to become a reference to God.</p> Birutė Valečkaitė ##submission.copyrightStatement## http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0 http://www.journals.vu.lt/religija-ir-kultura/article/view/12305 Mon, 07 Jan 2019 00:00:00 +0200 After The Revelation of the Name of God: Two Ways of Speaking http://www.journals.vu.lt/religija-ir-kultura/article/view/12307 <p>[full article and abstract in Lithuanian; abstract in English]</p> <p>This article deals with the problem of speaking about God (Otherness). The author maintains that Revelation alone makes it possible to speak about God, but again, this speech manifests itself as a silence. The problem of talking about God is examined through the approach of philosophical theology, which also emphasizes the motive of Revelation. When God revealed His name, there was not one way to speak about God. With reference to the Revelation, philosophy gains the Christian motives that open new perspectives for speaking on God’s theme. On the basis of Thomism, speaking about God is not problematic – it is enough to highlight certain ontological differences, and it becomes clear what we should call God. However, such a speech does not avoid the aspect of speaking “about.” It is quite easy to adopt the onto-theological attitude, forgetting that the most meaningful way of talking about God rests on being silent. However, silence takes on a double meaning. On the one hand, silence is necessary for those who have not been given knowledge through Revelation and, on the other hand, silence is necessary when the secrets of the Kingdom of God are given by the very way of God’s Revelation.</p> Ramūnas Boleslovas Malcius ##submission.copyrightStatement## http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0 http://www.journals.vu.lt/religija-ir-kultura/article/view/12307 Mon, 07 Jan 2019 00:00:00 +0200 Miguel de Unamuno’s Philosophy of Religion as a Bultmannian Demythologization: The Problem of Transcendence http://www.journals.vu.lt/religija-ir-kultura/article/view/12308 <p>[full article and abstract in Lithuanian; abstract in English]</p> <p>This article deals with Miguel de Unamuno’s religious thinking through the prism of Rudolf Bultmann’s demythologization. These authors, which are bound by a common philosophical and cultural context, ground and develop their ideas on the plane of a concrete human, who resides in a secularized world; Unamuno names such a subject as “the man of flesh and bones.” While understanding that the traditionalist, mythological and metaphysical elements of Christianity cannot satisfy a person living in a secularized world, Unamuno and Bultmann demythologize the Christian Message and underline in it that which is told, in the form of an appeal, about the human existence and that which applies to the main questions arising from its concern about itself. Unamuno considers that the core of the Christian Message is the promise of the immortality of every “man of flesh and bones,” which is possible because of Christ’s resurrection; Bultmann, on the other hand, believes this core to be in the call for a free and authentic existence. The main separation between the authors’ views is how they treat the relation between the concrete human and transcendence: for Unamuno, the relation with transcendence is an immanent need for “the man of flesh and bones,” the only possible way for its immanence (understood both in the existential and metaphysical senses) to be fulfilled; for Bultmann, the relation between the concrete human and transcendence is an eschatological event and the break of immanence both in the relation between the concrete human and the world as well as between the concrete human and itself.</p> Algirdas Fediajevas ##submission.copyrightStatement## http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0 http://www.journals.vu.lt/religija-ir-kultura/article/view/12308 Mon, 07 Jan 2019 00:00:00 +0200 Modernity and Nature: Where did Rousseau Seek to Return? http://www.journals.vu.lt/religija-ir-kultura/article/view/12309 <p>[full article and abstract in Lithuanian; abstract in English]</p> <p>This article focuses on the nostalgic approach to nature represented in the philosophy of Jean-Jacques Rousseau. The position of Rousseau is treated as a model that reveals a correlation between a critical attitude toward becoming modern and a nostalgic approach to nature. With an analysis based on the interpretations of Jacques Derrida, Bernard Stiegler, Tracy B. Strong and other authors, this paper emphasizes the contradictoriness of Rousseau intention. The article comes to the conclusion that Rousseau’s intention of the return to nature belongs to a metaphorical dimension rather than to a practical one, and this supposes a paradoxical course of nostalgia in itself – the return to nature should be understood not as a nostalgia for the past, but as a nostalgia for the future and for a new, alternative human model. Finally, the article discusses the Lithuanian feast of Rasos, which came from an archaic, agriculture-centered world but is still celebrated in our times. It demonstrates a common background for both the feast and for Rousseau’s vision of return, which are related not only by a nostalgic approach to nature but also by the concept of nature as a substitute (in the sense of fiction). As in Rousseau’s thought, so in the feast of Rasos nature manifests itself through lack and absence – by losing its ontological dimension, nature becomes not an essential necessity but rather represents an aesthetical experience in the form of tradition and symbols.</p> Vaiva Daraškevičiūtė ##submission.copyrightStatement## http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0 http://www.journals.vu.lt/religija-ir-kultura/article/view/12309 Mon, 07 Jan 2019 00:00:00 +0200 The (Im)Possibility of Religious Reasoning in the Formal Public Sphere http://www.journals.vu.lt/religija-ir-kultura/article/view/12310 <p>[full article and abstract in Lithuanian; abstract in English]</p> <p>This article focuses on the debate between Jürgen Habermas and Charles Taylor on the place of religious argumentation in the formal public sphere. Habermas’s position, which arises from his critique of John Rawls’s position and is also its continuation, is based on the principle of common reason. In order to use their arguments in the public sphere, religious people must translate them into secular language, which is supposedly understood by every rational person. Taylor opposes this position by stating that the division between religious and secular arguments is not well enough reasoned. The aim of this article is to find out whether the views of Hebarmas, as well as the core presuppositions that they are based on, can stand their ground and whether they are capable of reflecting the current geopolitical and sociocultural situation and help in understanding it. This is done by using the points made by Taylor and other authors who support his views and trying to find a satisfactory alternative solution.</p> Vaida Kalkauskaitė ##submission.copyrightStatement## http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0 http://www.journals.vu.lt/religija-ir-kultura/article/view/12310 Mon, 07 Jan 2019 00:00:00 +0200 Hegel’s Book of Sand, Or on the Beginning of the Beginning and Its Impossibility http://www.journals.vu.lt/religija-ir-kultura/article/view/12311 <p>[full article and abstract in Lithuanian; abstract in English]</p> <p>This paper addresses the still-prevailing problem of the beginning in Hegel’s Science of Logic by focusing on the major arguments of Schelling’s critique, which basically laid the foundation for the subsequent reception of Hegel. According to Schelling, Hegel’s concept of the beginning as pure being can only be understood as either a pure tautology or a negative determination, i.e., indicating only the realm of the possible. Contrary to the prevailing strategies, it is argued that the paradox of the beginning, which is present in the Science of Logic, should be maintained instead of resolved. The paper attempts to demonstrate how the dynamic structure of the unity of being and nothing, and the impossibility of (the principle of ) the beginning, appear to be precisely what allow this thinking to proceed and ground the identity of form and content. Thus, by relying on the suggested alternative, which emphasizes the performative aspect of the paradox, the paper seeks to answer Schelling and to bring closer the apparently contradicting positions of both authors.</p> Brigita Gelžinytė ##submission.copyrightStatement## http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0 http://www.journals.vu.lt/religija-ir-kultura/article/view/12311 Mon, 07 Jan 2019 00:00:00 +0200 Heidegger’s πóλεμοσ http://www.journals.vu.lt/religija-ir-kultura/article/view/12312 <p>[full article and abstract in Lithuanian; abstract in English]</p> <p>This article deals with the problem of the relationship between Martin Heidegger’s philosophy and Daseinanalysis – a trend of psychotherapy that was founded by Medard Boss in Switzerland in the mid-twentieth century. It is generally believed that, in collaboration with Boss, Heidegger was looking for ways in which his developed theory could be applied in practice. The article questions this view and suggests that the seminars, which were held by Heidegger in Boss’s house in Zollikon, were important to Heidegger as a situation, in which during the confrontation between the philosophical and psychotherapeutic discourses occurs the Heraclitean πόλεμος – a tension in which a person may experience the openness of presence.</p> Tomas Sodeika ##submission.copyrightStatement## http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0 http://www.journals.vu.lt/religija-ir-kultura/article/view/12312 Mon, 07 Jan 2019 00:00:00 +0200 Der Mythos Des Postfaktischen Und Die Grenzen Der Vernunft http://www.journals.vu.lt/religija-ir-kultura/article/view/12313 <p>[full article, abstract in German; abstracts in English and Lithuanian]</p> <p>This article deals with the central philosophical problem that is left unsolved by the ending age of postmodernism – that there are no facts, but only interpretations (Nietzsche). In the context of digitization, there is often talk of the post-factual and alternative facts. Therefore, the article first attempts to clarify the relevant basic concepts. This is followed by a presentation of proof that the denial of the possibility of facts ends in a scepticism that is detached from life, including a lack of orientation, which has come into the general consciousness through global networking. Finally, it is shown that every form of life, with its naturalistic or generally philosophical reflections, must surely presuppose facts, which, properly speaking, can only be partly identified. This limitation is considered to be a boundary experience, which points to the necessity to recognize a certain “alterity” of reason and thus also leaves religious alternatives open.</p> <p><strong>Der Mythos Des Postfaktischen Und Die Grenzen Der Vernunft</strong></p> <p>Die Abhandlung kreist um das philosophische Zentralproblem, wonach es keine Fakten, sondern nur Interpretationen gibt (Nietzsche), das uns das gegenwärtig zu Ende gehende Zeitalter der Postmoderne ungelöst zurückgelassen hat. Dabei ist im Zusammenhang mit der Digitalisierung häufig vom Postfaktischen und von alternativen Fakten die Rede. Daher werden zuerst die relevanten Grundbegriffe geklärt. Anschließend folgt der Nachweis, dass die durch die Vernetzung der Welt in das allgemeine Bewusstsein gelangte Leugnung der Möglichkeit von Tatsachen in einer lebensfernen Skepsis samt der heutigen Orientierungs-losigkeit endet. Zum Schluss wird gezeigt, dass jede Lebensform samt deren naturalistischen oder allgemein philosophischen Reflexionen sicher Tatsachen voraussetzen muss, die man allerdings nur zum Teil identifizieren kann. Diese Einschränkung wird als Grenzerfahrung betrachtet, welche auf die Notwendigkeit eines Anderen der Vernunft verweist und damit auch religiöse Alternativen offen lässt.</p> Kurt Wuchterl ##submission.copyrightStatement## http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0 http://www.journals.vu.lt/religija-ir-kultura/article/view/12313 Mon, 07 Jan 2019 00:00:00 +0200 The Problem of Representation and Ethical Imagination: Case Study of Son of Saul http://www.journals.vu.lt/religija-ir-kultura/article/view/12314 <p>[full article and abstract in Lithuanian; abstract in English]</p> <p>The Son of Saul (2015), an award-winning film by László Nemes, can be interpreted as an exceptional case in film philosophy, which proposes a specific take on the interconnection between visual and ethical realms. This article reconstructs the premises of long-lasting polemics on the representability of Holocaust, simultaneously placing the case of Son of Saul in a more specific context on the debates concerning the meaning of four photos from Auschwitz taken by members of the Sonderkommando. László Nemes’s work cinematographically engages in these polemics and creates an opportunity to trace down different regimes of representation, as well as to highlight of ethical dimension of technomedia. By combining George Didi-Huberman’s ideas and Pietro Montani’s theory of intermedial imagination, the film can be regarded as a “middle ground” position in the given polemics, as it not only posits the need to “imagine in order to know”, but also employs a cinematographic strategy for performing an aesthetic and ethical revision.</p> Kristupas Sabolius ##submission.copyrightStatement## http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0 http://www.journals.vu.lt/religija-ir-kultura/article/view/12314 Mon, 07 Jan 2019 00:00:00 +0200