The Intersection of Religious Experience and Aesthetic Experience

Document Type : Scientific-research


Assistant Professor in Philosophy of Art, the Institute of Higher Education of Islamic Art and Thought


Studying the intersection between religious experience and aesthetic experience can shed more light on the relationship between religion and art. Do similarities determine whether they have the same origin? Can we expect the same result from both? The present article has used library method in collecting information and descriptive-analytical method in inference. Common contexts such as philosophical and literary movements have played a role in shaping religious experience and aesthetic experience. Kant's subjectivism has had a serious impact on both, and they have very close epistemological similarities. After Kant's subjectivism and the reduction of religion to religious experience and beauty to aesthetic experience, many scholars felt that the relationship between religion and art had been severed altogether, and that modern thought has been able to break this close connection with the classical period; But after studying the commonalities between religious experience and aesthetic experience, it can be felt that despite Kant's project in the separation of religion and beauty, the two are so close that some consider the aesthetic experience to be a continuation of religious experience through different mediums. And after Kant, the link between beauty and religion has not disappeared.


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