Paulo Barroso


Religious experience is peculiar among all other experiences and it is eminently functional, because it presupposes forms of living and being, which have direct and immediate implications in human relations. Connoted with certain concepts and values (e.g. freedom of choice or goodness) religious experience tries to improve human relations. This is a recognizable role of religion either as a natural or cultural manifestation. Along with Ethics, human being has guidelines to choose forms of life, to think, to say or to do what it is convenient. There is a heteronomy of symbolic representation forms and human relations that are guided through them either by religion or Ethics. Therefore, the accurate use of freedom is always convenient. The purpose of this essay is to trace a path of mutual subjectivity, i.e. a desirable and ideal transition from an “individual I” provided by religious experience to a “social I” of what I call the mutual subjective ethicism. Religion and Ethics are a condition sine qua non to understand the heteronomy of ways through which there is a mutual subjectivity, allowing to operate the production and consumption ofsocial meanings and values.

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European Scientific Journal (ESJ)


ISSN: 1857 - 7881 (Print)
ISSN: 1857 - 7431 (Online)



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