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Lecture 3: Religion as Verticality

Religion and Phenomenology Series
OCHS Library
Prof. Gavin Flood FBA
Thursday, 28 February 2019 - 2:00pm to 3:00pm

If reduction to the political is an inadequate account of the sacred, then perhaps we need to understand religion in terms of verticality, that there is a vertical attraction that orientates human beings towards transcendence. The German philosopher Peter Sloterdjik has reflected on this and presented a philosophy of the human that takes verticality into account. Following the pattern of the previous lectures, this lecture will present a description of verticality and offer a critical reflection that takes up themes from the last lecture of the need to understand the human by drawing on social neuroscience and evolutionary anthropology.