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Sukzession in Religionen

Autorisierung, Legitimierung, Wissenstransfer

[Religious Succession: Autorization, Legitimation, and the Dissemination of Knowledge]

Ed. by Renger, Almut-Barbara / Witte, Markus

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Wie wird in Sukzessionen die Evidenz religiöser Semantiken hergestellt?

Wissenssoziologische Beobachtungen

Krech, Volkhard


The contribution deals with the question of how religious evidence is created with the means of different figurations of succession, namely charisma, witness testimony, school, lineage, ritual practice, charisma of office (≫Amtscharisma ≪) and formal religious organization. Those (and other) forms of succession are the institutional solution to the religious paradox of self-legitimation in situations of contested semantics. The contribution argues that, while religious self-description stresses the connection to an ≫authentic≪ historical origin, scientific reconstruction has to invert the object-linguistic perspective. Institutions and semantics of succession always operate in the respective presence and legitimate a contested position through connecting it to a stated origin. Thus, succession solves challenges of legitimation and evidence through itself as a case of religious autopoiesis and creates those problems at the same time. Therefore, succession is an ongoing process, however, not as a continuity from past to presence, but, in contrast, from the respective presence back to a past that is imagined by, e. g., narratives and pictures as media of re-presentation.

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Volkhard Krech (2017). Wie wird in Sukzessionen die Evidenz religiöser Semantiken hergestellt?: Wissenssoziologische Beobachtungen. In Almut-Barbara Renger, Markus Witte (Eds.), Sukzession in Religionen: Autorisierung, Legitimierung, Wissenstransfer (pp. 3–18). Berlin, Boston: De Gruyter. https://doi.org/10.1515/9783110431667-002

Book DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/9783110431667

Online ISBN: 9783110431667

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