How to Do Comparative Religion?: Three Ways, Many Goals

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Well-known scholars in the study of religions bring up to date and elucidate the discussion on the three most debated approaches in comparative religion, namely, the hermeneutical approach, the explanatory or cognitivist approach, and the critical approach. The approaches and methods of studying religion are disputed in an outspoken and challenging way, critically and radically arguing pros and cons. This work is unique, unrivalled, and full of essential insights into the dialogue of today and of the challenges of tomorrow.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9783110185720
  • Publisher: De Gruyter
  • Publication date: 10/28/2005
  • Series: Religion and Reason Series, #44
  • Pages: 232
  • Product dimensions: 6.14 (w) x 9.21 (h) x 0.56 (d)

Meet the Author

René Gothóni, University of Helsinki, Finland.

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Table of Contents

Understanding religion
Introduction 3
Major contributions of philosophical phenomenology and hermeneutics to the study of religion 5
Phenomenolgy of religion : between 'given' and constructed 29
"Going, going, gone" - or how I fail to gain hermeneutic understanding 35
Phenomenology as a preliminary method 45
Response 49
Explaining religion
Introduction 59
Beyond thick descriptions and interpretive sciences : explaining religious meaning 65
The limits of explaining in religious studies 83
Science/religion controversy - are the grounds of naturalism still valid for their confrontation? 93
Understanding the other 99
Response 127
Critical approaches in the comparative study of religion
Introduction 143
Methodology - tool or trap? : comments from a feminist perspective 149
Research and sexual difference 167
When is methodology a trap? 173
Skyhooks and toeholds in the study of religion 177
Response 187
Religion and relations : the social dimension of methodological argumentation 193
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