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The first concentration of this learn is to view Eliade as not just a historian of religions but in addition as a theologian, a thinker, novelist and as an individual engaged in cross-cultural discussion with different non secular traditions. along with trying to view Eliade's paintings from various views, this learn contends that the scholarly paintings of Eliade can't be separated from his personal own quest for which means.

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30 When reflecting on Eliade's position, as explicated above, it is evident that he brings to his method a basic presupposition: unity. The fundamental unity of his methodological stance is to be found within human consciousness. 32 Thus there is a basic unity underlying all religious experience. '36 In conclusion, Eliade presupposes a unity of the history of the human mind, which will have important implications for other aspects of his hermeneutics. Rather than the unity discovered by Eliade, Derrida stresses difference in his philosophy in a very special sense.

52 In an earlier work, Eliade is not quite as optimistic as Gadamer about our ability to broaden our historical horizons. Eliade makes a distinction between modem homo religiosus, who cannot experience, for instance, the sacred in matter, and archaic homo religiosus, whose thinking is dominated by cosmological symbolism formed by a vastly different experience of the world. For the archaic religious person, this world is alive and open, and an object is not simply itself but can function as a sign for something else.

We find this expectation of meaning in the work of Eliade, who asserts that every religion possesses a centre, a central conception which informs the entire corpus of a religious culture's myths, rituals and beliefs. 58 Thus no history of a religious phenomenon can reveal all its meaning. Eliade's distinction between modem and archaic beings fails to be reciprocal because it does not make apparent the assumed world-views of each party. There is a danger that Eliade's theory of religion and its expectation of meaning espouses a certain world-view.

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