The prayer as technology of the self in sixteenth-century Spanish Christian spirituality

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Abstract

The paper examines the role that the practice of prayer had on regulating the individual in the mid-sixteenth century, within the context of Spanish Christian spirituality. During this period, spiritual literature was widespread. We postulated that new uses of individual prayer appeared in these writings. This new "modern" prayer involved personal aspirations and was practiced as a subjective way of transformation. In this paper, prayer is understood as a technique of communication with the divinity that conform certain subjectivity. We analyse its effects on the subject's self-perceptionin order to contribute to the history of the modern self. © 2011 Fundación Infancia y Aprendizaje.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)375-388
JournalEstudios de Psicologia
Volume32
Issue number3
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Nov 2011

Keywords

  • Christian spirituality
  • History of subjectivity
  • Prayer.
  • Sixteenth century

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