From Cynical Reason to Spiritual Creativity: An Exercise in Religious Anthropodicy

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http://hdl.handle.net/10756/605953
Title:
From Cynical Reason to Spiritual Creativity: An Exercise in Religious Anthropodicy
Authors:
Dettloff, Dean
Abstract:
This thesis explores the cultural ideology of cynicism as identified and critiqued by Peter Sloterdijk, who describes cynicism as an "enlightened false consciousness" that is "universal and diffuse." As an ideology, cynicism perpetuates the conditions of unjust society, but it is impervious to criticism. Instead of further critique, the thesis suggests religious traditions can offer means of overcoming the enclosure of cynical consciousness. Chapter one outlines Sloterdijk's approach to cynicism, including its historical development. Chapter two considers cynicism as a problem of self-understanding and proposes religion reveals that human beings are malleable through practices and techniques. Chapter three looks at three such techniques--awareness, compassion, and creativity--and offers them as solutions to cynical consciousness. The thesis aims, overall, to offer a way of considering the continued relevance and possibility of religious traditions, practices, and techniques to a cynical society such that alternative self-understandings and alternative social configurations might be made possible.
Advisors:
Sweetman, Robert
Affiliation:
Institute for Christian Studies
Citation:
Dettloff, Dean. From Cynical Reason to Spiritual Creativity: An Exercise in Religious Anthropodicy. Toronto: Institute for Christian Studies, 2015.
Publisher:
Institute for Christian Studies
Issue Date:
2015
URI:
http://hdl.handle.net/10756/605953
Type:
Thesis
Language:
en
Keywords:
Cynicism; Sloterdijk, Peter; Sloterdijk, Peter, 1947-; Sloterdijk, Peter, 1947-. Kritik der zynischen Vernunft.; Criticism; Spiritual life; Religious tradition
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Rights holder:
This Work has been made available by the authority of the copyright owner solely for the purpose of private study and research and may not be copied or reproduced except as permitted by the copyright laws of Canada without the written authority from the copyright owner.
Degree Title:
Master of Arts (Philosophy)
Appears in Collections:
Masters Theses

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dc.contributor.advisorSweetman, Roberten
dc.contributor.authorDettloff, Deanen
dc.date.accessioned2016-04-19T16:21:01Zen
dc.date.available2016-04-19T16:21:01Zen
dc.date.issued2015en
dc.identifier.citationDettloff, Dean. From Cynical Reason to Spiritual Creativity: An Exercise in Religious Anthropodicy. Toronto: Institute for Christian Studies, 2015.en
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10756/605953en
dc.description.abstractThis thesis explores the cultural ideology of cynicism as identified and critiqued by Peter Sloterdijk, who describes cynicism as an "enlightened false consciousness" that is "universal and diffuse." As an ideology, cynicism perpetuates the conditions of unjust society, but it is impervious to criticism. Instead of further critique, the thesis suggests religious traditions can offer means of overcoming the enclosure of cynical consciousness. Chapter one outlines Sloterdijk's approach to cynicism, including its historical development. Chapter two considers cynicism as a problem of self-understanding and proposes religion reveals that human beings are malleable through practices and techniques. Chapter three looks at three such techniques--awareness, compassion, and creativity--and offers them as solutions to cynical consciousness. The thesis aims, overall, to offer a way of considering the continued relevance and possibility of religious traditions, practices, and techniques to a cynical society such that alternative self-understandings and alternative social configurations might be made possible.en
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dc.language.isoenen
dc.publisherInstitute for Christian Studiesen
dc.rightsAttribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 International Licenseen
dc.rights.urihttp://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/4.0/en
dc.subjectCynicismen
dc.subjectSloterdijk, Peteren
dc.subjectSloterdijk, Peter, 1947-en
dc.subjectSloterdijk, Peter, 1947-. Kritik der zynischen Vernunft.en
dc.subjectCriticismen
dc.subjectSpiritual lifeen
dc.subjectReligious traditionen
dc.titleFrom Cynical Reason to Spiritual Creativity: An Exercise in Religious Anthropodicyen
dc.typeThesisen
dc.contributor.departmentInstitute for Christian Studiesen
dc.type.degreetitleMaster of Arts (Philosophy)en
dc.rights.holderThis Work has been made available by the authority of the copyright owner solely for the purpose of private study and research and may not be copied or reproduced except as permitted by the copyright laws of Canada without the written authority from the copyright owner.en
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