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The world of spirits and the respect for nature: towards a new appreciation of animism

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dc.contributor.author Kimmerle, Heinz
dc.date.accessioned 2011-01-10T07:32:40Z
dc.date.available 2011-01-10T07:32:40Z
dc.date.issued 2006
dc.identifier.citation KIMMERLE, H. 2006. The world of spirits and the respect for nature: towards a new appreciation of animism. TD: The Journal for Transdisciplinary Research in Southern Africa, 2(2):249-263 Dec. [http://dspace.nwu.ac.za/handle/10394/3605] en
dc.identifier.issn 1817-4434
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10394/3886
dc.description.abstract The belief in spirits has diminished in Western thought since Enlightenment. But it has not disappeared totally. In the subconscious of people and in different subcultures and also in literature and art it is still alive. Derrida, before his death, worked out a new spectrology in which the status of reality of spirits is interpreted as absently present. In Sub-Saharan African thought this belief is broadly present and deeply rooted. It is the core of traditional African religions. Also intellectuals, although they may have taken over Christian or Islamic convictions, mostly stick to this belief. An important aspect of the African belief in spirits is that they also dwell in nature. In principle they can choose for all natural things to dwell in them, and there is a special inclination for trees. The spiritual conception of reality as a whole is called animism. This important religion has been devaluated in connection with colonialism. Recently the respect for nature which comes forth from this religion is highly appreciated by ecological philosophy. en
dc.language.iso en en
dc.subject Sprits en
dc.subject Spectrology en
dc.subject Derrida en
dc.subject Marx en
dc.subject Enlightenment en
dc.subject Nature en
dc.subject Animism en
dc.subject Africa en
dc.subject Christianity en
dc.subject Islam en
dc.subject Religion en
dc.subject Ecological philosophy en
dc.title The world of spirits and the respect for nature: towards a new appreciation of animism en
dc.type Article en


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