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Smith At Play

What I would most like to carry forward, or perhaps better, recuperate, from J. Z. Smith’s work is an orientation toward play, especially play as it opens onto polysemy, irony, and unfixed or fugitive meanings. On this point, I draw inspiration from Sam Gill, who has suggested, “following Smith, that religion is a term that makes sense only when seen in a ludic frame—the frame of metaphor, irony, and joke” (Gill 1998, 201). Compared with Smith’s best-known dicta—that “religion is solely the creation of the scholar’s study” (Smith 1982, xi) and that the point of comparison is to identify and explore difference—the issue of play has not received much attention. Nevertheless, in my own work this is where I find the most intriguing possibility for rereading Smith’s [More]

School of Salamanca

[New Entry by Thomas Izbicki and Matthias Kaufmann on March 22, 2019.] The School of Salamanca is a name for an intellectual movement or a certain group of theologians in sixteenth- and seventeenth-century Spain and Portugal. In a broad sense, it is more or less identical with Spanish Scholasticism, which also includes authors from the Spanish Netherlands. In a narrower sense, the School of Salamanca refers to two or three generations of pupils of Francisco de Vitoria, who was, in effect, the founding father of the school in both the broad and narrow sense. On the whole, it is more useful to choose [More]