On Rituals and values
Foreword | Rossano’s main argument is concerned with the hitherto insufficiently observed role of rituals in the origin and development of the human life form. The thesis is that if rituals are universal, so too is religiosity as a dimension of ritualized human behaviour. The main argument of Rossano’s article, the thesis and the description of human behaviour are convincing. My philosophical inquiry is not concerned with calling these into question, but rather with looking at their premises. One of the central premises is that rituals can be explained by values and vice versa. Here we find a certain methodological difficulty: is Rossano’s argument based on a description of empirical facts that lead us to an idea of humankind or is it based on an idea explained by facts, appropriate to the underlying idea?
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