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Philosophical Thought

Religio: Attention in the Archaic Religiosity

Pershin Yurii Yur'evich

Doctor of Philosophy

Senior Scientific Associate, St. Petersburg Military College of Physical Fitness and Sports

194044, Russia, Leningradskaya oblast', g. Saint Petersburg, Bol'shoi Sampsonievskii prospekt, 63






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Abstract: There is no one conventional definition of religion. Numerous definitions are synthesized under the “umbrella” definition of religion, proposed by a Christian theologian, who translated Cicero’s definition of religion in his own manner. Taken as a methodological ground, this distorted definition cannot serve as a key to archaic meaning of religion. Linguistic approach to the Cicero’s definition exposes latent meanings on the old word religio; one of them is attention, or care, another one is responsibility. They bring to us a residual archaic sense of religious practices, which represent the process of religious communication, but not binding. Moreover, the latent meanings drive us to the conclusion, that the archaic mean-ing of religion can be described as a scrupulous reproduction of the chronotope of successful theo-social communication, based on the feedback principle. The chronotope in its turn can be defined as a definite time and space context of actions with corresponding conduct, thinking, direction of attention and type of communication with divine entities.

Keywords: theo-social communication, religious communication, feedback principle, attention
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