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Friday, April 28, 2017

Rudolf Otto

Rudolf Otto
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German Lutheran theologian and philosopher, one of the most important scholars of religion in the twentieth century; author of Das Heilige (The Idea of the Holy), published firstly in 1917 and translated in about 20 languages; influenced Eliade, Tilich, Barth, Rahner, Jung, Horckheimer, Heidegger, among others; introduced the concept of numinous (in its three dimensions, mysterium, tremendum, fascinans - a mystery that is at once terrifying and fascinating) to explain the human approach of das Ganz Andere (let's say, beyond the immanent); I would like to come later again on this notion of numinous and on its history, as it has a special beauty.

(German and Nordic Literature)


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