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Religion as Self-Transcendence : A Study of the Concept of Transcendence in Louis Dupre
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Savio D'Souza.
Bibliographical Details xiv, 257 p. 24 cm.
Edition, Place & Publisher 1st ed. New Delhi, Christian World Imprints.
ISBN-10 9351483061
ISBN-13 9789351483069, 978-9351483069
Year of Publication 2018.
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The Transcendent by nature is beyond our reach and yet we strive to understand and attain the Transcendent. This book, Religion as Self Transcendence, seeks to study `Religion' and the Religious attitude in the writings of Louis Dupre, a Catholic phenomenologist and religious philosopher. The present study closely examines and critically evaluates Dupre's concept of Self Transcendence and the path to transcendence. Dupre says that the final synthesis needs to be arrived at by using his writings as building blocks from which we can construct an edifice. This book is one such attempt.


1. Introduction

    1.1 The Essence of Religion

    1.2 The Unfolding of the Concept of Transcendence

    1.3 The Concept of Transcendence

    1.4 Reasons for the Choice of the Topic

    1.5 Life Sketch of Louis Dupre

    1.6 A Brief Summary of Dupre's Theory

    1.7 Works of Louis Dupre

    1.8 The Aim of the Study

    1.9 A Preview of the Chapters

2. The Concept of Transcendence

    2.1 Transcendence as a Search

    2.2 The Term Transcendence

    2.3 Transcendence as Experience

    2.4 Different Approaches to Transcendence

    2.5 The Sacred and the Holy

    2.6 Ultimate Reality

    2.7 The Problem of Transcendence

    2.8 Transcendence and Immanence

    2.9 Transcendence and Being

    2.10 Dupre and Transcendence

    2.11 Conclusion

3. The Religious Subject

    3.1 The Self as Open to Transcendence

    3.2 Transcendence that is Challenged in Culture

    3.3 Alienation a Block to Transcendence

    3.4 Conclusion

4. The Religious Object

    4.1 The Religious Attitude

    4.2 Transcendence and the Religious Object

    4.3 The Significance of the Other Dimension

    4.4 Conclusion

5. The Religious Act : Method and Truth

    5.1 A Method Based on Experience

    5.2 On Religious Truth

    5.3 Conclusion

6. The Path to Transcendence

    6.1 Introduction

    6.2 The Genesis of the Reunion

    6.3 A Provisional Synthesis

    6.4 Arriving at the Synthesis

    6.5 The Three-Fold Path of Transcendence

    6.6 Conclusion

7. Critical Appraisal of Dupre's Concept of Transcendence

    7.1 A Critique of Dupre's Thought

    7.2 The Justification of Transcendence

General Conclusion


Savio Jude D'Souza is a Salesian of Don Bosco belonging to the province of Mumbai (INB). He obtained a doctorate in Philosophy from the Pontifical Gregorian University, Rome, for his work on Louis Dupre. He holds the Chair of Philosophy of Religion at Divyadaan: Salesian Institute of Philosophy, Nashik. Earlier he served as the co-coordinator of the Masters of Philosophy programme at Divyadaan and then as the Rector of the same institute from 2008-14. He continues to teach at Divyadaan, besides being involved in pastoral ministry.

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