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Otto, Rudolf (1869–1937)

Subject Philosophy

DOI: 10.1111/b.9781405106795.2004.x


German neo-Kantian philosopher of religion, born in Peine, Hanover. In his most influential work, The Idea of the Holy ( 1917 ), Otto examined “the numinous” as the awe-inspiring and overpowering object of human religious experience. He classified religious feeling as numinous feeling and claimed that it has two aspects: a feeling of religious dread and a feeling of religious fascination. He provided a variety of phenomenological descriptions of numinous feeling and distinguished these from descriptions of numinous feeling and distinguished these from descriptions of aesthetic and moral feelings. His other important books include Naturalism and Religion (1904) and Mysticism East and West (1926). ... log in or subscribe to read full text

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