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Hermeneutics, Politics, and the History of ReligionsThe Contested Legacies of Joachim Wach and Mircea Eliade$
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Christian Wedemeyer and Wendy Doniger

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780195394337

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2010

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195394337.001.0001

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(p.307) 14 Mircea Eliade’s Ambivalent Legacy
Hermeneutics, Politics, and the History of Religions

Carlo Ginzburg

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This chapter deals with the relationship between Eliade’s political commitment and Eliade’s work as a historian of religions, focusing on The Myth of the Eternal Return, probably his most interesting work. Eliade’s Lisbon Journal provides a context for the central theme of The Myth of the Eternal Return: the terror (or rejection) of history. The chapter argues that this theme and its implications throw much light on Eliade’s paradoxically ambivalent legacy.

Keywords:   history (rejection of), Iron Guard, World War II, Karl Kerényi, Ernesto De Martino, Walter Benjamin

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