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Between Dancing and WritingThe Practice of Religious Studies$
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Kimerer L. LaMothe

Print publication date: 2004

Print ISBN-13: 9780823224036

Published to Fordham Scholarship Online: March 2011

DOI: 10.5422/fso/9780823224036.001.0001

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Recovering Experience

Recovering Experience

Friedrich Schleiermacher

(p.46) Chapter 2 Recovering Experience
Between Dancing and Writing

Kimerer L. LaMothe

Fordham University Press

This chapter illustrates how Schleiermacher's early critique of Kant's theory of religion further cements a resistance to considering dance as religion. In his classic, On Religion, Schleiermacher claims that the relationship Kant presumes between reason and experience is inadequate to negotiating a critical affirmation of religion. Schleiermacher uses the term “religion” to name a kind of “experience” that gives rise to reason and cannot be represented by reason. Theology, in turn, represents for him a claim to truth whose fixity occludes ongoing receptivity to religion. Even though Schleiermacher reverses Kant's privileging of reason over experience, he continues to rely on the practice of writing to protect his account of reason and religion from theology.

Keywords:   experience, Schleiermacher, On Religion, Kant, reason

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