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Historical Studies Concerning Orientation
This essay series investigates the history of the concept of ‘orientation’ as well as the phenomenon of orientation avant la lettre, i.e., before the term was coined. In the first essay, the Czech scholar Jiří Hoblík writes on “The Philosophical Concept of Orientation Compared with the History of Religious Orientation in the First Four Centuries of Christianity: An Interdisciplinary Study,” where he argues that the notion of orientation “in its everyday sense” turns out to be “historically secondary to religious orientation as conceived in terms of aiming towards a symbolic reference point, which is represented in Christianity by the sun phenomenon as a symbol of Christ/God.”