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DE NOUVELLES PROPOSITIONS DE SENS PRATIQUES DANS LE DOMAINE DE L'EXISTENTIEL : ETUDE SOCIOLOGIQUE DE LA « NEBULEUSE PSYCHO-PHILO-SPIRITUELLE ».

Abstract : Since the 1990s, France has seen a number of social phenomena rooted in the realms of philosophy, "psychological culture" and spirituality. These phenomena have sought to satisfy an individualistic "quest for meaning" which clearly lies outside the classical religious paradigm. We have identified that these different phenomena foster a nexus (a nebula) defined as being of "psycho-philo-spiritual" nature. The discourses and works of those taking part, including philosophers (such as A. Comte-Sponville, L. Ferry, R. Pol-Droit, M. Onfray), magazines (Actualites des religions, Psychologies magazine) and spiritual organizations, (the "Forum 104", the "Ashram" of A. Desjardins, the "Centre Dürckheim") reach a vast and cultivated public. Their different constructions of meanings allow us to measure the effects of a secularization that has become radicalized, most notably via the "disenchantment of secular institutions" (J. Bauberot, 2004).Thus this research reveals the creation of new beliefs fostered by non-religious phenomena ("practical" philosophy and psychology) which participate in the decomposition of religion in terms of comprehensive resources, into an immanent enterprise which is within reach of the general public.The psycho-philo-spiritual nexus reveals a double process with, on the one hand the affirmation of values produced by an individualist culture causing the collapse of the big symbolical systems and on the other hand, a certain homogenization of the construction of meanings -operating specifically via a generalization of a psychological lens making sense of the world and existence.
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Nadia Garnoussi. DE NOUVELLES PROPOSITIONS DE SENS PRATIQUES DANS LE DOMAINE DE L'EXISTENTIEL : ETUDE SOCIOLOGIQUE DE LA « NEBULEUSE PSYCHO-PHILO-SPIRITUELLE ».. Sciences de l'Homme et Société. Ecole pratique des hautes études - EPHE PARIS, 2007. Français. ⟨tel-00310980⟩

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