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Transformative impact

the environmenal significance of religious conversions

Martin Nitsche(Akademie věd České republiky)

pp. 241-248


This paper concentrates on the transformative impact of religious conversions. I understand religious conversions here as all individual spiritual transformations that either create an essentially new religious experience or substantially intensify an existing religiosity. The transformative impact of these transformations consists not only in modifying life perspectives or values, but also (and more substantially) in altering the very structure of personal experience. They can even bring significant changes in the phenomenal character of individual life-worlds, which are then experienced as perceived “differently”. This reflects on the possibilities the phenomenological method possesses to describe (and understand) these changes, and mainly discusses the applicability of Husserl’s analyses in Ideas 2 of the double constitution of body. On this basis, I suggest an explanatory model of transformative localizing/layering.

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Louchakova-Schwartz Olga, Nitsche Martin (2019) Phenomenology in dialogue. Open Theology 5.

Seiten: 241-248

DOI: 10.1515/opth-2019-0020


Nitsche Martin (2019) „Transformative impact: the environmenal significance of religious conversions“. Open Theology 5, 241–248.