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Title: Charles Taylor, Mikhail Epstein and ‘minimal religion’
Authors: Fraser, Ian
Keywords: Consciousness
Epstein
Freud
Jung
Religion
Taylor
Issue Date: 2015
Publisher: © Springer Science+Business Media Dordrecht
Citation: FRASER, I., 2015. Charles Taylor, Mikhail Epstein and ‘minimal religion’. International Journal for Philosophy of Religion, 77 (2), pp.159-178
Abstract: In A Secular Age Charles Taylor endorses Mikhail Epstein’s notion of ‘minimal religion’ as his preferred orientation to the good for Western secular society. This article examines the basis of Epstein’s ‘minimal religion’ which rests on the psychoanalytic theories of Sigmund Freud and Carl Jung. It is shown that Freud’s theories are incompatible with Taylor’s own thought, and in the case of Jung, Epstein fails to develop the latter’s contribution to our understanding of religion. Moreover, although Taylor endorses Epstein’s work he makes no reference to Jung. To this end, the importance of Jung’s theories in relation to religion are elucidated and offered as a way to forge a dialogue between a nuanced humanist position and the theistic vision offered by Taylor.
Description: The final publication is available at Springer via http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s11153-015-9508-3
Version: Accepted for publication
DOI: 10.1007/s11153-015-9508-3
URI: https://dspace.lboro.ac.uk/2134/16844
Publisher Link: http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s11153-015-9508-3
ISSN: 0020-7047
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