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Recognition and Religion

Contemporary and Historical Perspectives, 1st Edition

Edited by Maijastina Kahlos, Heikki J. Koskinen, Ritva Palmén


300 pages

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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.

Table of Contents


Maijastina Kahlos, Heikki J. Koskinen and Ritva Palmén


Section I: Recognition: Novel Articulations

1 The Recognition of Religion in Public Spaces

Simon Thompson

2 Mediated Recognition: Suggestions towards an Articulation

Heikki J. Koskinen

3 Causes for Lack of Recognition: From the Secular to the Non-Secular

Heikki Ikäheimo


Section II: Historical Struggles for Recognition

4 Early Christians and the Transformation of Recognition

Hartmut Leppin

5 Early Christians on Philosophy: A Religion Seeking Recognition in Greco-Roman Culture

Niko Huttunen

6 Recognition through Persuasion: An Aspect of Late Antique Religious Controversy

Maria del Mar Marcos Sánchez

7 Recognizing the Road: Graeco-Roman Appeals for Religious Diversity in the Late Roman Empire

Maijastina Kahlos


Section III: Medieval and Early Modern Intersections

8 Shame, Self-Evaluation and Recognition in the Middle Ages

Ritva Palmén

9 Aquinas on Recognition

Andrea Aldo Robiglio

10 Theological and Legal Arguments for the Non-Recognition and Recognition of the Rights of Infidels in Medieval Sources

Virpi Mäkinen

11 Recognition and Masculinity: Luther onthe Song of Songs

Risto Saarinen


Section IV: Roots of Recognition Theory

12 Spinoza, Religion and Recognition

Ericka Tucker

13 Hegel’s Actualist Metaphysics as a Framework for Understanding His Recognition-Theoretic Account of Christianity

Paul Redding


Section V: Limits of Recognition

14 On the Natural Basis and Ecological Limits of Recognition

Arto Laitinen and Teea Kortetmäki

15 Justice, Friendship and Recognition: Reflections on Ancient and Late Ancient Debates

Miira Tuominen

About the Editors

Maijastina Kahlos is a senior researcher at the University of Helsinki, Finland.

Heikki J. Koskinen is a senior researcher at the University of Helsinki, Finland.

Ritva Palmén is a postdoctoral researcher at the Helsinki Collegium for Advanced Studies, University of Helsinki, Finland.

About the Series

Routledge New Critical Thinking in Religion, Theology and Biblical Studies

The Routledge New Critical Thinking in Religion, Theology and Biblical Studies series brings high quality research monograph publishing back into focus for authors, international libraries, and student, academic and research readers. This open-ended monograph series presents cutting-edge research from both established and new authors in the field. With specialist focus yet clear contextual presentation of contemporary research, books in the series take research into important new directions and open the field to new critical debate within the discipline, in areas of related study, and in key areas for contemporary society.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
PHILOSOPHY / Religious
RELIGION / General
RELIGION / Philosophy
RELIGION / Christian Theology / General
RELIGION / Psychology of Religion
RELIGION / Theology