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Mircea Vulcănescu: o filosofie a religiozităţii populare
Mircea Vulcănescu: a philosophy of folk religiosity

Author(s): Ioana Repciuc
Subject(s): Christian Theology and Religion
Published by: Editura Academiei Române
Keywords: Mircea Vulcănescu; folk religion; sociology of religion; sociological monograph; interpretative sociology; phenomenology; traditional magic; Romanian folklore

Summary/Abstract: The paper aims to apprehend Mircea Vulcănescu’s view on traditional religion phenomena, as this was successively perceived in his various stages and perspectives of the Romanian scholar’s activity and works. Positivist and empirical sociology practiced in D. Gusti’s monographic school joins the polemic attitudes for defending the traditional Orthodox ethics, and the broad philosophic program of an autochthonous ontology. The constant approach of the philosopher and sociologist on Romanian folklore and the emphasis on primitive, animist, and magic features of this traditional imagery are all analysed in the context of sociological theories on folk religion. The unified philosophical expression of the way Vulcănescu understands religiosity is finally gained by abandoning classic objective sociology and the admitted preference for phenomenological interpretative sociology, the only way towards the authenticity of the performers involved in the ritual life. In order to point out Vulcănescu’s contribution on the inventory of socio-anthropological understandings on Christian-pagan syncretism, the philosopher’s works have been placed in a broad context of Romanian and international debates over folk religiosity.

  • Issue Year: VIII/2012
  • Issue No: 08
  • Page Range: 84-109
  • Page Count: 26
  • Language: Romanian