Charles Taylor and Mircea Eliade on Religion, Morality and Ordinary Life
Keywords:Religion, Morality, Religious Virtue, Mircea Eliade, Charles Taylor, Ordinary Life
This paper addresses how Charles Taylor and Mircea Eliade tackle morality and religion by examining their shared phenomenological, historical concern for the orienting sensitivity to the sacred and its effect on the entire horizon of experience in ordinary life. Focusing on religious virtue, the desirable moral qualities of homo religiosus, Taylor and Eliade suggest that it hinges on the orienting sensitivity to the sacred and the constitution of the moral horizon of value, meaning, and a sense of fullness. Taylor and Eliade show that religious virtue involves self-understanding and meaningful activities in ordinary life on the two overlapping spatial, temporal, agential planes of the sacred and the profane.