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Author(s): Gladigow, Burkhard
1. “One who asks the meaning of life is sick,” wrote Sigmund Freud in 1937 in a letter to Marie Bonaparte. Viktor Frankl's later response is, “One who does not ask the meaning of life gets sick.”1 Behind these two neat accentuations stands—among other things—the question of the transition from an unquestioning consciousness of a meaningful and meaning-filled life, to its crisis-attended questioning. The historical locus of the question of the ‘meaning of life’ can be broadly defined in terms of two modern conditions. The one is gr…


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Author(s): Gladigow, Burkhard
1. With the discovery of electricity and magnetism in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries, the → European history of religion changed, too, with the new bands of attachment between the sciences on the one side and religious patterns on the other. Attraction or repulsion, energy working at a distance (or arriving via other objects), and, finally, even experimental little bolts of lightning could now be generated, and they supplied fundamentally new ‘plausibility schemata’ for areas until now…

Natur und Kultur

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Author(s): Gladigow, Burkhard
[English Version] Natur und Kultur, religionswissenschaftlich. Eine Religionsgesch. des Verhältnisses von N. und K. ist selbst Teil einer kulturellen Ausdifferenzierung mit wechselnden Konnotationen. Die zunehmend konsequentere Trennung beider Bereiche läßt sich dabei als Abschluß einer Entwicklung interpretieren, die beginnende Naturbeherrschung (Natur) und sich parallel etablierende kulturelle Organisationsformen miteinander zu verbinden sucht. Wenn Naturbereiche als göttlich oder von Göttern beherrscht gesehen werden, unterliegt damit »Natur«…
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