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Aesthetics and Analysis in Writing on Religion: Modern Fascinations / Edition 1

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Overview


This book addresses a fundamental dilemma in religious studies. Exploring the tension between humanistic and social scientific approaches to thinking and writing about religion, Daniel Gold develops a line of argument that begins with the aesthetics of academic writing in the field. He shows that successful writers on religion employ characteristic aesthetic strategies in communicating their visions of human truths. Gold examines these strategies with regard to epistemology and to the study of religion as a collective endeavor.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780520236141
  • Publisher: University of California Press
  • Publication date: 6/10/2003
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 314
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author


Daniel Gold is Professor of South Asian Religions at Cornell University. He is the author of Comprehending the Guru: Towards a Grammar of Religious Perception (1988) and The Lord as Guru: Hindi Saints in North Indian Tradition (1987).
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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Introduction: Modern Dilemmas in Writing on Religion 1
Pt. 1 Ambivalent Feelings 11
1 Fascinated Scientists and Empathizing Theologians 15
2 Finding Middle Grounds 23
Pt. 2 The Art of Writing on Religion 43
3 A Creative Process 47
4 Other Scholars' UFOs 56
5 The Religiohistorical Sublime 69
Pt. 3 Two Truths 93
6 Relating Stories about Religious Traditions 97
7 Aesthetic Objects and Objective Knowledge 113
Pt. 4 Working Together 125
8 Interpreting Anew and Alone: Vision and Succession in Dutch Phenomenology 131
9 Explaining Together: The Excitement of Diffusionist Ideas 143
10 Interpreting Together: The Cambridge Ritualists' Affair of the Intellect 189
11 Concepts of Collectivity and the Fabric of Religiohistorical Knowledge 211
Afterword: The Future of Modern Dilemmas 229
Notes 239
Frequently Cited Sources 287
Index 297
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