Philosophy and the Study of Religions: A Manifesto

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John Wiley & Sons, Dec 12, 2013 - Philosophy - 248 pages
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Philosophy and the Study of Religions: A Manifesto advocates a radical transformation of the discipline from its current, narrow focus on questions of God, to a fully global form of critical reflection on religions in all their variety and dimensions.
  • Opens the discipline of philosophy of religion to the religious diversity that characterizes the world today
  • Builds bridges between philosophy of religion and the other interpretative and explanatory approaches in the field of religious studies
  • Provides a manifesto for a global approach to the subject that is a practice-centred rather than a belief-centred activity
  • Gives attention to reflexive critical studies of 'religion' as socially constructed and historically located
 

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Contents

Acknowledgments
Are Religious Practices Philosophical? i Toward a Philosophy of Religious Practice ii Embodiment as a Paradigm for Philosophy of Religion
MustReligious People Have Religious Beliefs?
Do Religions Exist? i The Critique ofReligion
Religion as Distortion
What IsntReligion? i Strategies for Defining Religion ii Making Promises The Functionalor Pragmatic Aspect
Are Religions Outof Touch WithReality?
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Kevin Schilbrack teaches in the Department of Philosophy and Religion at Western Carolina University, situated in the gorgeous mountains of North Carolina, USA. A graduate of the University of Chicago Divinity School and an award-winning teacher, he has published widely on the conceptual and philosophical issues that arise in the cross-cultural study of religions. He is the contributing editor of Thinking through Myths (2002) and Thinking through Rituals (2004) and The Wiley Blackwell Companion to Religious Diversity (forthcoming).

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