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Scholars, Foolish Wisdom, and Dwelling in the Space Between

Scholars, Foolish Wisdom, and Dwelling in the Space Between

Chapter:
(p.245) 11 Scholars, Foolish Wisdom, and Dwelling in the Space Between
Source:
Who Owns Religion?
Author(s):
Laurie L. Patton
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226676036.003.0012

This chapter investigates the nature of eruptive public spaces and reviews the phenomenology of public spheres. It emphasizes that there are various imbalances within North American culture that create fertile ground for the eruption of public spaces. The chapter also argues that there are a number of vulnerabilities both on the part of scholars and on the part of communities that make situations in public spaces particularly volatile. In eruptive public spaces, a visible sign of fissures is almost always already present in the communities' relationship to the academy. The chapter suggests that the scholar of religion has a role similar to that of the wise fool in many classical dramas, and indeed in many religious traditions.

Keywords:   public space, public sphere, North American culture, scholar, religion, religious tradition

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