Dynamics in the History of Religions between Asia and Europe: Notion of Religion

Research Field 3 devotes itself to the analysis of basic religious notions, particularly regarding the notion of religion. This entails a historically-educated reappraisal of the genesis of basic religious notions in European and Asian countries and of the transfer of these notions between the respective cultures. Also, the varying diachronic and synchronic conceptual meanings of basic religious notion will be reconstructed systematically. During the first three years of the KHK the efforts of research field concentrated on the developmental contexts of the Kollektivsingular 'religion.' The hypothesis that 'religion' is - due to its use in the humanities of that time - first and foremost a product of European modern intellectual history was further substantiated.

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