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David Cave

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Eliade's Interpretation of Sacred Space and its Role Towards the Cultivation of Virtue

David Cave will consider Eliade's contribution to the study and interpretation of religion through his understanding of sacred space. To carry further Eliade's contribution (both as adequate and inadequate) Cave will see what Eliade's view of religion through sacred space contributes to the cultivation of virtue. Cave conjoins the normative discipline of ethics and philosophy with the history of religions, as Lee Yearly encourages in his Mencius and Aquinas. By looking at virtue Cave enters an area into which Eliade chose not to go, thus raising certain criticisms against Eliade and his methodology.

E-mail address and/or mailing address: davidc@chatfield.edu
83 Pleasant Ridge,
Fort Mitchell, KY 41017

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David Cave grew up in Argentina, the son of missionary parents. He has a PhD (1989) from Southern Seminary in Louisville, KY with a dissertation on Eliade involving research at the University of Chicago with Lawrence Sullivan and at Indiana University with Matei Calinescu. This dissertation was revised an published as Mircea Eliade's Vision for a New Humanism (New York: Oxford University Press, 1992). He is currently at Chatfield College in Ohio.