Kathleen Frederickson responds to Sara Lyons

Sara Lyons examines the uses of the communal in Lecourt’s Cultivating Belief, suggesting that the book charts a turn that way return to the inwardness to which it seeks to offer an alternative. What’s interesting to me in this claim is that it forces us to ask what “outwardness” might mean. If communal life and practice-based religion aren’t viable as dialectical opposites to interiority, we might find ourselves invited to religion’s “outward mind” in parallel modes to the ones that Benjamin Morgan offers us for aesthetics. Doing so would also help us question how religion might have helped constitute or helped refute a splitting of the communal from inward, practice from thought.

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