Religion Professor Offers Philosophical Criticism of Religious Idealism
Dr. Carlos Segovia (Humanities) has published a new book in Spanish, titled La inmanencia
y lo sagrado: una crítica al idealismo religioso [Immanence and the Sacred: A Critical
Assessment of Religious Idealism] (Córdoba: Almuzara, 2018).
Through a careful examination of the dialectics between immanence and transcendence,
he contends that the latter proves more problematic than we often assume when applied
to the domain of the sacred.
From Heraclitus to Plato, Spinoza, Hölderlin, Heidegger, Otto, Lévinas, Deleuze, and
a number of faceless writings like the Iliad and the Qur’an, Dr. Segovia’s book engages
in a zigzagging exploration which resembles a multi-day journey through the many islands
of an archipelago more than a destiny-oriented trip. Holding true to the conviction
that the true task of philosophy consists in delimiting problems and tracing ways
to cross them, Dr. Segovia argues that philosophy is but a permanent circling and
coming back to a number of very precise questions so as to dive deeper and deeper
into them and thus be in a better position to draw its contour lines, which proves
both useless and essential.