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A Change of Mind. West-Eastern Church Experiences
Project management
Several
Duration
05/2015 - 12/2016
Funding
Several donors
6000 €
Jörg Seiler: Ever since they moved to the East as a result of unification, people have been talking about a completely new experience of church and community and the relationship of these East German communities to the public. These experiences are to be examined exemplarily and empirically in the form of targeted interviews. The interviews will be presented in excerpts on listening stations (Katholikentag in Leipzig) and then scientifically evaluated.
A Physio Centric Foundation of Law - With Latin American Buen Vivir on the Way to a Universal Declaration of the Rights of Nature?
Project management
Several
Duration
07/2017 - 04/2021
Funding
Several donors
267228 €
The project explores the provocative claim that we do not only have the obligation to protect nature but to consider nature as a subject of rights on its own.
Alms Collectors between Charity, Commerce and Denominationalisation
Project management
Several
Duration
06/2019 - 05/2020
Funding
Several donors
30000 €
Vasilios N. Makrides: The immigration of Eastern Orthodox alms collectors from the Ottoman Empire into the Old Empire is the focus of the project. It pursues interwoven questions of migration, knowledge and denominational history. In order to clarify these questions, archives from different territories of the empire will be compared and insights into the history of other types of migrants (traders and students), but also of other charitable groups active in the same field, will be drawn upon.
Annexations and Secessions in the Age of the Global Cold War
Project management
Several
Duration
10/2018 - 09/2020
Funding
Several donors
160000 €
Christian Methfessel: The project investigates the astonishing stability of political borders after 1945 in the field of tension between the Cold War and decolonization. For this purpose, selected annexations and secessions in Africa and South Asia are dealt with.
Armed Self-Defense in Recent America: Intersectional Perspectives
Project management
Several
Duration
10/2018 - 09/2021
Funding
Several donors
182000 €
The project attempts to understand historically the recent escalation of armed violence in everyday US-American life. It focuses primarily on analyzing the frequent justification of the use of firearms as self-defense.
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Bio-economic Power in Global Supply Chains: Approaches, Impacts and Perspectives on Certification and Due Diligence for Biogenic Mass Raw Materials (Bio-Power)
Project management
Several
Duration
01/2017 - 12/2020
Funding
Several donors
890000 €
Lena Partzsch: The overall objective of the project is to formulate recommendations for action regarding the possibilities and limits of corporate due diligence and certification systems in the global value chains of biogenic mass raw materials.
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Catholic Women Writers as Products and Producers of "Catholic Femininity"?
Project management
Several
Duration
09/2016 - 08/2019
Funding
Several donors
300000 €
Jörg Seiler: The anti-modernist phase of Catholicism was characterized by normative Catholic ascriptions of femininity, which mostly obscured the pluralization dynamics of these decades. Persistence, change and (un)simultaneous emancipative ideas about a Catholic gender order should therefore be reconstructed in church history on the basis of biographical sources and literary works of Catholic women writers. As representatives of a liberal profession, they represented an unbound heterogeneous…
Church Binding and Liturgical Celebration
Project management
Several
Duration
01/2019 - 12/2022
Funding
Several donors
177000 €
Benedikt Kranemann: In the 19th century, a series of small popular liturgies appeared, which were intended to serve the liturgical education of the faithful. The books are simply structured and written in a way that is easy to understand. They were written in the context of social and ecclesiastical upheavals. Liturgy with its texts and rites is understood as the "face" of the faith of the Catholic Church. The project will bibliographically record these liturgies for the period from the middle…
Contested Democracy. Gender, race and sex in US American history
Project management
Several
Duration
01/2021 - 12/2023
Funding
Several donors
161000 €
The project investigates struggles for hegemony and democracy along the lines of gender, race and sex in the form of a conflict history of the USA in the second half of the 20th century and the beginning of the 21st century.
Cooperation Project "Local Politicization of Global Norms"
Project management
Several
Duration
01/2014 - 12/2017
Funding
Several donors
490000 €
André Brodocz: The project examines the conditions under which egalitarian norms with a global claim to validity (such as human rights, sustainability, rule of law) actually find acceptance.
Cooperation Project "Ordering Dynamics"
Project management
Several
Duration
01/2014 - 12/2017
Funding
Several donors
1009998 €
Jörg Rüpke: The research programme of the research centre understands "order" and "dynamics" as basic categories of socio-cultural reality. Order and dynamics are not simply thought of as polar opposites. Rather, the starting point is the premise that social and cultural orders in particular are forced to develop themselves 'dynamically' ("dynamic stabilisation").
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Denomination - Education - Politics
Project management
Several
Duration
09/2012 - 09/2017
Funding
Several donors
500000 €
Michael Gabel: The BMBF-funded project is a fundamental investigation in the field of cultural education for about 40 locations of student communities (KSG and ESG) in Eastern Germany. On the basis of the research results to be published, this will open up a wide range of scientific projects for universities, colleges, social science institutions and institutions of political education: in the fields of politics, (contemporary) history, education, sociology, philosophy, theology, law, ethics and…
Dictatorship Experience and Transformation
Project management
Several
Duration
01/2019 - 12/2022
Funding
Several donors
1000000 €
The starting point of the project is the assumption that not only individual and collective experiences during the GDR (German Democratic Republic - DDR) itself, but also the deep biographical upheavals of the post-reunification period shape the memory of the GDR. In the following decade, the political debates of 1989/90 gave rise to a conflict of memory that continues to have an impact today. This determines the time frame of the project, which takes a look at the last two decades of the GDR…
Digitisation and In-depth Indexing of Manuscripts of the Bibliotheca Amploniana in the University Library of Erfurt
Project management
Several
Duration
10/2019 - 09/2022
Funding
Several donors
418180 €
By making the world's largest scientific library of a late medieval scholar, the Bibliotheca Amploniana, should be made available for international research through digital provision and its scientific indexing.
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Eastern Christians and the Republic of Letters between the 16th and 18th centuries
Project management
Several
Duration
01/2019 - 12/2021
Funding
Several donors
45000 €
Vasilios N. Makrides: The Republic of Letters, a wide network of intellectuals, also has an Eastern side with numerous actors communicating in Greek, Latin, Arabic or Slavic languages (especially on religious issues). Despite the existence of extensive sources, this topic has rarely been studied interdisciplinary and from an "entangled history" perspective. In order to enable a more complete cartography of this East-West exchange (16th-18th century), this project will bring together scholars of…
Environmental Conflict and the Production of Political Legitimacy in Contemporary India: The Role of Cultural Identity
Project management
Several
Duration
05/2020 - 04/2023
Hanna Werner: This research project examines the role of cultural identity as a resource of political legitimacy in the context of environmental conflict in India. It is designed as a comparative study of river-related conflicts in different regions with the aim of being able to assess the actual relevance and impact of culturalist arguments.
Expansion of the Gotha Research Library into a Research and Study Centre for the Cultural History of Protestantism in the Early Modern Period
Project management
Several
Duration
03/2015 - 02/2018
Funding
Several donors
534000 €
The Gotha Research Library preserves an outstanding collection of sources on the cultural history of Protestantism in the early modern period. This is the basis of the six-year infrastructure project funded by the DFG (German Research Foundation), in which the library combines coordinated activities for the cataloguing and preservation of this important and hitherto largely unexplored material with the further development of its digital services and transfers the results of its work to science…
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Fighting the monstrous ‘many-headed multitude’
Duration
09/2016 - 08/2017
:
1416000 €
Cesare Cuttica: A historiographical consensus simply accepts that in the early modern period democracy was reputed to be the worst form of government. However, this scholarly trend leaves a few major questions unanswered: why was this so? How was criticism of democracy articulated? In what ways did different authors and genres depict popular government? Which political concerns and social prejudices informed this anti-democratic paradigm? What is the legacy of such a mindset? In order to address…
Funeral and Commemoration Ceremonies after Major Catastrophes in Secular Society with Church Participation
Project management
Several
Duration
01/2014 - 12/2017
Funding
Several donors
145350 €
The study aims to examine this type of disaster ritual using the example of the commemoration ceremony after the rampage in Erfurt and the annual commemoration ceremonies practiced since then.
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G. W. Leibniz and Eastern Europe
Project management
Several
Duration
09/2019 - 08/2017
Funding
:
1416000 €
Despite its high relevance for the formation of the early modern consciousness of Europe, the research topic "Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz and Eastern Europe" proves to be terra incognita in the otherwise already widely explored life and work of the German polymath and calls for fundamental critical discussion. In order to contribute to the revival of an early work that has so far only been marginally treated, I will, during my stay at the Max-Weber-Kolleg, prepare a manuscript for a monograph on…
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Handbuch und Untersuchung antiker Zauberzeichen von ihren Ursprüngen bis in das 7. Jahrhundert
Duration
01/2017 - 12/2019
Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG):
277000 €
Kirsten Dzwiza: Zauberzeichen bilden eine formenreiche, bisher nicht gedeutete Gruppe antiker Zeichen, die ausschließlich in Kontexten der Interaktion mit höheren Mächten auftreten und als nicht lesbar oder kryptisch klassifiziert werden. Das Ziel des Projekts ist es, die seit gut 100 Jahren formulierten Forschungslücken mit der Erstellung eines Inventars der Zauberzeichen, eines Handbuchs der Quellen und der Beantwortung der dringlichsten Fragestellungen zu schließen.
History of the State Ministries in Baden and Württemberg During the NS Era
Project management
Several
Duration
01/2014 - 12/2018
Funding
Several donors
207800 €
The project deals with one of the last major gaps in research on the NS regime: the supreme state authorities and their involvement in NS crimes. After decades of research oriented towards political history had marginalized the importance of the "assimilated" state authorities, attention has recently been drawn to this research desideratum in connection with studies of administrative history.
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International Graduate School (IGS) "Resonant Self-World Relations in Ancient and Modern Socio-Religious Practices"
Project management
Several
Duration
10/2017 - 03/2022
Funding
Several donors
2200000 €
The aim of the joint project is to provide an institutional base for studies comparing the self-world relations that are reflected in the polytheistic practices of ancient times, with those that crystalize in practices of the contemporary (late) modern period.
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Kierkegaard Research Centre
Project management
Several
Duration
01/2005
Funding
Several donors
500000 €
Hermann Deuser: The Kierkegaard Research Centre at the Max-Weber-Kolleg coordinates the work on the “Deutsche Søren Kierkegaard Edition” which has been published by De Gruyter since 2005 and has now published five volumes of Kierkegaard's journals and available lecture notes.
Kolleg-Research Group "Religion and Urbanity"
Project management
Several
Duration
10/2018 - 09/2022
Funding
Several donors
5000000 €
Susanne Rau & Jörg Rüpke: Cities and religion(s) have had a deep impact on each other. Up to now, research has focused on religion in cities - on the reciprocal changes in religious practices and urban space, at best in "global cities" and in the present. We want to fill the research gap that has arisen in this way by investigating the historical depth of the reciprocal formation within the framework of a collegiate research group.
Kolleg-Research Group "Religious Individualisation in Historical Perspective" (FOR 1013)
Project management
Several
Duration
01/2013 - 09/2018
Funding
Several donors
8470000 €
Jörg Rüpke: The research group investigates cases of individualization within the medium of religion and their consequences for religious change, that is, in terms of their religious historical dynamics.
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Lehren und Predigen mit Patristischen auctoritates. Meister Eckhart, Brückenbildner zwischen Frankreich und Deutschland, Vergangenheit und Gegenwart
Project management
Several
Duration
04/2018 - 03/2021
Funding
Several donors
378000 €
French and German experts explore the patristic foundations of Meister Eckhart.
Lived Ancient Religion – Questioning "Cults" and "Polis Religion"
Project management
Several
Duration
06/2013 - 05/2017
Funding
Several donors
2300000 €
Jörg Rüpke: This project, funded by the European Research Council (ERC), takes a completely new perspective on the religious history of Mediterranean antiquity, starting from the individual and "lived" religion instead of cities or peoples. "Lived ancient religion" suggests a set of experiences, of practices addressed to, and conceptions of the divine, which are appropriated, expressed, and shared by individuals in diverse social spaces.
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M.S. Merian – R. Tagore International Centre of Advanced Studies "Metamorphoses of the Political" (ICAS-MP)
Project management
Several
Duration
08/2015 - 06/2024
Martin Fuchs: ICAS-MP combines the benefits of an open, interdisciplinary forum for intellectual exchange with the advantages of a cutting-edge research centre. The centre focuses on key political processes that have emerged in parallel in many parts of the world during the twentieth century through to the present day, processes that are entangled yet heterogeneous.
Max Planck Research Prize "Religion and Modernity: Secularization, Social and Religious Plurality"
Project management
Several
Duration
01/2016 - 12/2022
Funding
Several donors
750000 €
Hans Joas searches for the connecting factors and possibilities of understanding between religion and modernity and has developed a model for this purpose with which religious patterns of experience can be interpreted and described.
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Orthodox Christianity and Human Rights
Project management
Several
Duration
01/2019 - 12/2022
Funding
Several donors
5000 €
Vasilios N. Makrides: This project brings together scholars of Orthodox Christianity to provide comprehensive analyses of the contemporary relationship between Orthodox Christianity and human rights in all of its variation and complexity. Participants will investigate Orthodox Christian approaches to human rights in Eastern Europe, Eurasia, and the Middle East from a variety of disciplinary perspectives.
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Pattern-Based Expectations in Macroeconomics
Project management
Several
Duration
11/2012 - 11/2015
Tobias Rötheli: This project deals with the collection and modelling of expectations with regard to macroeconomic studies.
Protestantism and the Debates about the German Welfare State
Project management
Several
Duration
01/2013 - 12/2019
Funding
Several donors
428700 €
Social Protestantism in the Federal Republic of Germany has developed a new profile since the 1960s. At the same time, and in interaction with it, German society has undergone fundamental changes in its living environment, values and culture. In dealing with the economic and social challenges and in view of the increasing scientific character of the relevant debates, Protestantism adopted central dispositions of thought, some of which went back to the Weimar period, and realigned itself in terms…
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Reception of the Works of Nicholas of Cusa in the Manuscripts from the Erfurt Charterhouse at the End of the 15th Century
Duration
09/2016 - 08/2017
:
1416000 €
Mikhail Khorkov: My project attempts to clarify the extraordinary reception of the Works of Nicholas of Cusa (1401–1464) in the manuscripts from the Erfurt Charterhouse at the end of the 15th century. The main object of study in my project is collected manuscript Weimar, Herzogin Anna Amalia Bibliothek, Q 51 (previously: Erfurt, Kartause Salvatorberg, D 51). It originated in the Erfurt Charterhouse at the end of 15th century, perhaps under the influence of mystical theology of the famous Erfurt…
Religion and Politics in Protestant Sermons of the 16th and 17th Century in the Thuringian-Saxon Region
Project management
Several
Duration
10/2008 - 03/2015
Funding
Several donors
101000 €
Due to its denominational anchoring, the Gotha Research Library has a reference collection for the history of Central German Protestantism in the 16th and 17th centuries. An extremely extensive collection of sermons is part of this outstanding tradition. The aim of the project is to make the collection of political sermons accessible to the interested public online.
Religious Communities (RC) and Civil Society (CS) in Europe
Project management
Several
Duration
01/2015 - 12/2018
Vasilios N. Makrides: Religious Communities in European Civil Society is a large-scale exploratory research project aimed at assessing the position of religious communities as potential or active civil society actors in Europe, and at looking into differences in their positioning on legal, historical, cultural, and behavioural grounds. The seemingly vitalizing impact of religion and religiosity on civil society is a research topic that has been extensively looked into, not only in the USA, but…
Religious Diversity and Peace Ethics
Project management
Several
Duration
01/2016 - 12/2017
Funding
Several donors
387000 €
Jamal Malik: As part of the research and dialogue project funded by the Federal Foreign Office (Auswärtiges Amt), the Professorship for Islamic Studies sought cooperation with Pakistani theological schools, thus building a bridge between traditional Islamic teaching there and local Islamic Studies that is unique in this country.
Religious individualisation and nationalism in modern Europe through the lens of alternative spirituality and Western esotericism (1823–1939)
Duration
09/2016
:
1416000 €
Marco Pasi: My project at the MWK focuses on the complex interplay between religious individualisation, nationalism, and alternative spirituality in modern Europe. I intend to carry out my research by focusing on four case studies, based on four exemplary figures of European history: the Polish poet Adam Mickiewicz (1798–1855), the Italian political activist Giuseppe Mazzini (1805-1872), the Irish poet William Butler Yeats (1865–1939), and the Portuguese poet Fernando Pessoa (1888–1935).
Research Centre Johann Gottfried Herder
Project management
Several
Duration
01/2015
Funding
Several donors
195000 €
The Johann-Gottfried-Herder Research Centre at the Max-Weber-Kolleg was launched in 2015. It sees itself as an interdisciplinary platform for the research and scientific exchange of Herder's work. A special concern for the centre is the grouping together of the different facets of Herder's thinking.
Research Centre for Contemporary Church History
Project management
Several
Duration
01/1970
Jörg Seiler: The Research Centre for Contemporary Church History investigates the specific form of Catholicism in the Soviet Occupation Zone (SBZ)/ German Democratic Republic (DDR). It deals with the "double diaspora situation" of Central and East German Catholics.
Research Centre for Early-Modern Natural Law
Project management
Several
Duration
07/2016
Funding
:
8000 €
Knud Haakonssen: The research centre was created in 2016 and is from 2019 a joint facility of the Max Weber Centre and the Gotha Research Centre. Its purpose is to foster new work and coordinate current scholarship on natural law in the early-modern period, which we take to stretch from the Reformation to the early nineteenth century. Within this framework the focus is on the flowering of natural law in the period after Hugo Grotius and especially the shaping of the subject as an academic…
Research Centre „Dynamics of Jewish Ritual Practices in Pluralistic Contexts from Antiquity to the Present“
Project management
Several
Duration
01/2015
Funding
Several donors
1000000 €
Benedikt Kranemann: The Research Centre is intended to provide a place for research into Jewish religious practices and related discourses, which arose in Germany in the 19th century but was largely interrupted by the National Socialist expulsion and extermination of Jews, and which embeds central questions of recent research in an interdisciplinary research context. The aim is to provide new impulses for a comparative as well as intertwined historical approach by consistently asking about…
Research Network External Democracy Promotion (EDP)
Project management
Several
Duration
07/2015 - 06/2018
Funding
Several donors
24000 €
Solveig Richter: The research network 'External Democracy Promotion' (EDP) brings together political scientists from Germany who work at the interface between international relations and comparative political science. Our common interest lies in the area of cross-border activities of states, non-state actors and international organisations working to establish, improve or defend democracy in third countries. The EDP Network is a collaborative project of six partner institutions: the two Leibniz…
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Science and Orthodox Christianity around the World (SOW)
Project management
Several
Duration
01/2016 - 12/2019
Vasilios N. Makrides: The Project SOW - Science & Orthodoxy around the World focuses on the dialogue between science and religion in the Orthodox Christian world. More than 50 specialists from 15 countries participate from various academic fields such as Science, Philosophy, History, Theology and Education.
Social Justice under the Condition of Scarcity- social-ethical research on the future of social security in Germany on the condition of controlled and uncontrolled migration
Project management
Several
Duration
01/2016 - 12/2019
Funding
Several donors
344000 €
Elke Mack: With reference to the newer philosophical and Christian-ethical debate on immigration, a set of ethical criteria will be developed, which spell out when, to what extent and in which form the admission of immigrants in western welfare states like Germany is a universal obligation, normatively just and ethical, while at the same time considering the limited capacities of national social institutions.
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The Historical Sources of the Reformation and Historiography of the Early 18th Century at Friedenstein Castle Gotha
Project management
Several
Duration
05/2014 - 04/2017
Funding
Several donors
270000 €
The Gotha Research Library preserves a top-class collection on the cultural history of Protestantism in the early modern period, which was compiled by the Dukes of Saxony-Gotha. An essential component of this unique handwritten tradition, which reaches far beyond the Central German cultural area, is the estate of the theologian and church historian Ernst Salomon Cyprian (1673-1745), which is to be catalogued in the project.
The King as Part of the Network
Project management
Several
Duration
05/2018 - 04/2021
Funding
Several donors
275000 €
The ruling practice of the German and Bohemian king Wenceslaus IV, who was nicknamed "der Faule" (the Idle) by older research, will be reconsidered in this project on the basis of documentary tradition. On the one hand, the 'classical' aspects of the practice of rule will be examined (political action in the empire, alliance systems, economic aspects). On the other hand, the investigation will be opened up in the direction of cultural history. Fields such as courtly representation or patronage…
The recovered manuscript Ms Eisenach 1361 of the Wartburg Foundation and its partial parallels: edition and situating in space and time
Project management
Several
Duration
02/2021 - 01/2024
Funding
Several donors
328400 €
Jana Ilnicka: With this project I would like to offer a critical edition of the texts of the Wartburg manuscript, which will be made accessible to medieval research as a whole, especially to research on gender and women's education issues and also to Eckhart research. Furthermore, in addition to the critical edition of the manuscript, contributions to situating these texts in local and contemporary discourses will be developed, which will serve to prepare a theoretical monograph on issues of…
Theft of Cultural Property
Project management
Several
Duration
01/2015 - 12/2016
Funding
Several donors
98600 €
The confiscation of Munich, which initiated one of the largest state art thefts in the area of the Old Empire during the NS era, was carried out by the Secret State Police. However, art experts, art dealers and directors of museums (Bavarian State Painting Collections - Bayerische Staatsgemäldesammlungen, Bavarian National Museum - Bayerisches Nationalmuseum, the urban gallery - Städtische Galerie, the historical city museum - Historisches Stadtmuseum) as well as state, municipal and NSDAP…
Theological Research Centre at the University of Erfurt
Project management
Several
Duration
01/2009
Funding
Several donors
735000 €
Benedikt Kranemann: The Theological Research Centre at the University of Erfurt is concerned with faith and church, the religious individual and church community in diaspora and minority situations. The history and present of the social and religious changes that have taken place in the background are dealt with and the future perspectives of faith and church in particular are examined.
Thinking Beyond Secularisation: Panentheistic Humanism
Duration
09/2016
:
750000 €
Anthony Joseph Carroll: What is it to be a human being? This question is central to the philosophical and religious adventure and a position on it is presupposed in social theories of secularization and modernization. In my work at the Max-Weber-Kolleg, which is situated within the Max-Planck-Forschungspreis "Religion und Moderne: Säkularisation, gesellschaftliche und religiöse Pluralität", I am developing the concept of ‘panentheistic humanism’ which expresses the idea that understandings of…
Trust and Mistrust in Early Eighteenth Century International Political Thought, 1713–1763
Duration
09/2016 - 08/2017
:
1416000 €
Peter Schröder: My project builds on my previous work Trust in Early Modern International Political Thought, 1598–1713 (forthcoming with Cambridge University Press in spring 2017) to explore the role of trust and mistrust between European states in the emergence of international political thought through the first half of the 18th century, from the Peace of Utrecht in 1713 to the Peace of Paris in 1763.
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Western Traditionalism/Perennialism and its Influence on Orthodox Christianity
Project management
Several
Duration
05/2017 - 04/2020
Funding
Several donors
211400 €
Vasilios N. Makrides: The research project aims to undertake a comparative analysis of the reflection on the position of Orthodox Christianity in modernity and with regard to religious pluralism, which is called "Orthodox Perennialism". The latter represents an orthodox reception of certain Western esoteric approaches to an "eternal philosophy" ("philosophia perennis") in various religions and is an attempt to rethink and articulate the spiritual and religious contours of the Orthodox presence…