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Lars Albinus

Det Andet, Det Samme og Den Historiske Tekst

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Which interpretive possibilities are associated with the study of historical texts? What is it that we hope to understand, and what is the real purpose of studying a dead religion? This includes a diachronic and a synchronous aspect: How do the historical and the comparative interact? Do we seek, without necessarily being aware of it, what we already know, in the historical text, or do we open ourselves up to the encounter with something foreign? The question also implies whether perception and language can be said to reflect each other, and not least which conditions the present sets for understanding the past. I take my point of departure in Foucault's understanding of history, involving related views of de Certeau, and set the archaeological and genealogical point of view against Gadamer's hermeneutic textual approach and Habermas' concept of rational reconstruction. The intention is to suggest a perspective that, firstly, acknowledges the necessity of interpretation and, secondly, allows the text's own Otherness to come to the fore.

Original languageDanish
JournalReligionsvidenskabeligt Tidsskrift
Pages (from-to)679-702
Number of pages24
Publication statusPublished - May 2022

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