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Projection
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[German Version]

(Lat. proiectio, “throwing forward”) is used in different ways in epistemology, psychology, and philosophy of religion. In the realm of Cartesian epistemology, the term has the following function: knowledge is understood as reaction to received stimuli, whereby the conscious mind projects what is received in the direction from which a stimulus comes. In psychology, projection encompasses a broad spectrum of meaning. It was used by S. Freud in psychoanalysis from 1894 to describe paranoid defensive behavior. But this psychotic malfunction of the di…

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Danz, Christian, “Projection”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 29 November 2020 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1877-5888_rpp_SIM_024698>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013



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