This book focuses on recognition and its relation to religion and theology, in both systematic and historical dimensions. While existing research literature on recognition and contemporary recognition theory has been gradually growing since the early 1990s, certain gaps remain in the field covered so far. One of these is the multifaceted interaction between the phenomena of recognition and religion.
Since recognition applies to persons, institutions, and normative entities like systems of beliefs, it also provides a very useful analytic and interpretative tool for studying religion. Divided into five sections, with chapters written by established scholars in their respective fields, the book explores the roots, history, and limits of recognition theory in the context of religious belief. Exploring early Christian and medieval sources on recognition and religion, it also offers contemporary applications of this underexplored combination.
This is a timely book, as debates over religious identities, problematic forms of extremism and societal issues related with multiculturalism continue to dominate the media and politics. It will, therefore, be of great interest to scholars of recognition studies as well as religious studies, theology, philosophy, and religious and intellectual history.
Introduction Section I: Recognition: Novel Articulations 1 The Recognition of Religion in Public Spaces 2 Mediated Recognition: Suggestions towards an Articulation 3 Causes for Lack of Recognition: From the Secular to the Non-Secular Section II: Historical Struggles for Recognition 4 Early Christians and the Transformation of Recognition 5 Early Christians on Philosophy: A Religion Seeking Recognition in Greco-Roman Culture 6 Recognition through Persuasion: An Aspect of Late Antique Religious Controversy 7 Recognizing the Road: Graeco-Roman Appeals for Religious Diversity in the Late Roman Empire Section III: Medieval and Early Modern Intersections 8 Shame, Self-Evaluation and Recognition in the Middle Ages 9 Aquinas on Recognition 10 Theological and Legal Arguments for the Non-Recognition and Recognition of the Rights of Infidels in Medieval Sources 11 Recognition and Masculinity: Luther on the Song of Songs Section IV: Roots of Recognition Theory 12 Spinoza, Religion and Recognition 13 Hegel’s Actualist Metaphysics as a Framework for Understanding His Recognition-Theoretic Account of Christianity Section V: Limits of Recognition 14 On the Natural Basis and Ecological Limits of Recognition 15 Justice, Friendship and Recognition: Reflections on Ancient and Late Ancient Debates