Otto, Rudolf
The Idea of the Holy


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The Idea of the Holy: An Inquiry into the Non-Rational Factor in the Idea of the Divine and its Relation to the Rational

In this book I have ventured to write of that which may be called non-rational or “supra-rational” in the depths of the divine nature. Recognizing the profound import of the non-rational for metaphysic, this book makes a serious attempt to analyse all the more exactly the feeling which remains where the concept fails, and to introduce a terminology which is not any the more loose or indeterminate for having necessarily to make use of symbols.

Otto’s most influential book, having a significant impact on the History of Religions. Praised by Mercea Eliade and Edmund Husserl. Translated by John W. Harvey.

The Idea of the Holy, Rudolf Otto, Oxford University Press, 1946

Hardback. Octavo. Bound in brown cloth binding. Mild spotting to the spine and fore edge. Pages are clean and unmarked. A tight copy. 239 pp.