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Jason W. Alvis

Abstract

Although Eugen Fink often reflected upon the role religion, these reflections are yet to be addressed in secondary literature in any substantive sense. For Fink, religion is to be understood in relation to “play,” which is a metaphor for how the world presents itself. Religion is a non-repetitive, and entirely creative endeavor or “symbol” that is not achieved through work and toil, or through evaluation or power, but rather, through his idea of play and “cult” as the imaginative distanciation from a predictable lifeworld. This paper describes Fink’s understanding of religion and its most relevant aspects found in Spiel als Weltsymbol. The paper is organized into five sections—1: An introduction to his phenomenological approach in general, and description of the role of “play”; 2: investigations into the relation between play and world; 3: a description of his phenomenology of religion; 4: engagements in the idea of cult-play and the sacred sphere, and 5: reflection on his idea of the play of God.

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The Journal for Continental Philosophy of Religion is an international peer-reviewed journal for scholars interested in the intersection between continental philosophy and religion. The journal publishes articles of a scholarly nature and book review-essays on every aspect of continental philosophy of religion. We especially welcome studies in one of the following areas:

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• German Idealism and Religion
• Psychoanalysis and Religion
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• Religious Imagination (especially the role of visual arts, cinema, and literature)
• Religion and Gender Studies
• The Contribution of Theology in Political Theory and Identity Narratives

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