Philosophy and the End of Sacrifice - Disengaging Ritual in Ancient India, Greece and Beyond - Peter Jackson

Philosophy and the End of Sacrifice - Disengaging Ritual in Ancient India, Greece and Beyond - Peter Jackson

10. Sacrificial Subjectivity: Faith and Interiorization of Cultic Practice in the Pauline Letters

Philosophy and the End of Sacrifice - Disengaging Ritual in Ancient India, Greece and Beyond - Peter Jackson

Hans Ruin [+-]
Södertörn University
Hans Ruin is Professor in Philosophy, Södertörn University, Sweden and director of the research program Time, Memory, Representation. Ruin’s areas of research include phenomenology, hermeneutics, deconstruction, theory of history and philosophy of religion. Recent publications are a collection of essays on Heidegger, Frihet, ändlighet, historicitet. essäer om Heideggers filosofi (2013) and the co-edited volumes “Ambiguity of the Sacred: Phenomenology, Aesthetics, Politics” (2012). The present text was written with the support of Axel och Margaret Ax:son Johnsons Stiftelse.

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Against the backdrop of anti-pagan Christian imperial policies during the 4th century, Hans Ruin draws attention to the core of the Christian canon: the letters of Paul. While taking its lead from Stroumsa’s overall interpretative scheme concerning the transformation and internalization of sacrifice during and after the time of Christ, as essentially a transformation within Jewish culture itself, the analysis differs when it comes to the specific role and meaning of the Pauline letters. These canonical documents for Christianity, notably Romans, Hebrews, and First Corinthians, are interpreted as decisive expressions of precisely this inner critical transformation of Jewish spiritual culture in the direction of an internalized sacrifice. They also became the cornerstone for the emergence of a new “sacrificial subjectivity.” The analysis critically engages with Hegel’s understanding of Christianity, and also revokes Foucualt’s and Hadot’s work on the ancient culture of care for the self. Finally it acknowledges the work of Derrida, thus building a bridge to the last section of the book.

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Ruin, Hans. 10. Sacrificial Subjectivity: Faith and Interiorization of Cultic Practice in the Pauline Letters. Philosophy and the End of Sacrifice - Disengaging Ritual in Ancient India, Greece and Beyond. Equinox eBooks Publishing, United Kingdom. p. 197-218 Feb 2016. ISBN 9781781791257. https://www.equinoxpub.com/home/view-chapter/?id=28081. Date accessed: 25 Sep 2017 doi: 10.1558/equinox.28081. Feb 2016

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