Ritual Metaphysics

ASU Author/Contributor (non-ASU co-authors, if there are any, appear on document)
Kevin Schilbrack Ph.D., Professor of Religious Studies and Department Chair (Creator)
Appalachian State University (ASU )
Web Site: https://library.appstate.edu/

Abstract: In this paper, I seek to show the fruitfulness of connecting the study of ritual activities to the ritualists' metaphysics, which is to say, to their understanding of the necessary conditions of life. I suggest that some rituals may be seen as inscribing bodies with messages that are, properly speaking, metaphysical in this sense, and that some rituals may be seen as embodied inquiries into the metaphysical nature of things. By so doing, I hope to provide conceptual tools for those who see rituals as having a cosmic dimension, and thereby to improve the generally weak relationship between the study of rituals and philosophy.

Additional Information

Schilbrack, Kevin. 2004. "Ritual Metaphysics." Journal of Ritual Studies 18, no. 1: 77-90. Published by Mathesis Publications. Permission to archive this article has been granted by the Co-Editors of the Journal of Ritual Studies, Dr. Pamela J. Stewart (Strathern) and Prof. Andrew J. Strathern Sept 25, 2014. [ISSN: 0890-1112]
Language: English
Date: 2004

Email this document to