Ioan Petru Culianu’s scientific work unfortunately remained unfinished. His major contributions to the fields of Renaissance studies, ecstatic experiences, and Gnosticism, as well as to the historiography of the history of religions, delineate an itinerary from historical hermeneutics to a radical epistemological shift illustrated by his last books, and especially by the periodical he founded and directed: Incognita: International Journal for Cognitive Studies in the Humanities (1990–1991). Thirty years after his tragic death, this collective volume is meant to address Culianu’s intellectual legacy from different methodological perspectives. A thorough analysis of his various investigations in the history of religions is presented alongside a critical evaluation of his final cognitivist theory of religion as a system. Exploring Ioan Petru Culianu’s stimulating and innovative work is thus one way to honour his brilliant mind and his passionate quest for meaning.
Contributors: Giulia Sfameni Gasparro, Moshe Idel, Giovanni Casadio, Maria Vittoria Cerutti, Andrei Oișteanu, Dana Jalobeanu, Pietro Daniel Omodeo, Sascha Freyberg, Arianna Migliorini, Edward Kanterian, Roberta Moretti, Gregory Spinner, Laura Teodora David, Dorin David, Daniela Dumbravă and Bogdan Tătaru-Cazaban.
ISBN: 978-606-8266-05-3 (paperback)
ISBN: 978-606-8266-06-0 (electronic)