Kommentar und Säkularisierung in der Moderne
Vom Umgang mit heiligen und kanonischen Texten
[Commentary and secularization in modernity]
The interpretation, use and understanding of sacred texts changed in the modern era, as did the traditional practice of commenting on these texts. On one hand, they became the subject of investigation and critique in the sense of modern, secular scholarship. On the other, however, forms of religious commentating persisted in poetry, philosophy and philology.
Commentary was for a long time the principle means of exploring and dealing with classical, canonical texts as well as those considered to be ›holy‹. Because the practice of commenting on texts exerts a deep influence on the understanding of what literacy is, analyzing the history of the practice of commentating plays a key role in unfolding the development of a modern, secular culture of writing. The essays in this book investigate the practice of commenting on religious texts in a secular age. They illuminate the figures of thoughts and textual practices that are key to the sacralization of secular texts and consider how these shifts change our understanding of commentary.