Category Archives: Axial Age

New issue of Religions/Adyan: Peace in a World of Conflicts

Cover courtesy of Kai-Henrik Barth The issue 9 of Adyan is now available To download the English section, click here. To download the Arabic section, click here. Table of content for the English and French section: Editorial by Patrick Laude … Continue reading

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Eric Voegelin et l’Orient

Source: Eric Voegelin et l’Orient

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The birth of consciousness in Ancient Greece

An interesting presentation, largely influenced by the analysis of Voegelin in The World of the Polis and Plato and Aristotle:

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Eric Voegelin and Arnold Toynbee

I just came across the recording of a dialogue between Voegelin and the British historian and philosopher Arnold Toynbee. Difficult to find something of this level nowadays …

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Remarks about “The Axial Age and its consequences”

Robert Bellah and Hans Joas have recently edited a volume entitled The Axial Age and Its Consequences. Originally the proceedings of a conference that took place in 2008 at the Max Weber Institute of the University of Erfurt, it provides … Continue reading

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Eric Voegelin about the “Axial Age” hypothesis

The hypothesis of an Axial Age was first formulated by Jaspers, although it finds its most immediate origin in Weber’s sociology of religions. Since then, the topic has attracted the attention of religious scholars like Karen Armstrong, sociologists like¬† Eisenstadt, … Continue reading

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Axial Age and the present

The search for the origin of religion is part of modernity. It arises with the gradual collapse of the biblical narrative.¬† It has taken various forms from reductionist accounts (Freud, Durkheim) to mythological/antimodernist one (Guenon’s Primordial Tradition). One may wonder … Continue reading

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