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How to Do Comparative Religion? Three Ways, Many Goals by Rene Gothoni

By Rene Gothoni

Famous students within the learn of religions increase so far and elucidate the dialogue at the 3 such a lot debated methods in comparative faith, specifically, the hermeneutical, the explanatory or cognitivist and the serious one. The techniques, standpoints and strategies of learning faith are disputed in an outspoken and hard manner, seriously and significantly arguing execs and cons. jam-packed with crucial insights into the discussion of this day and of the demanding situations of the following day, the paintings is still distinct and unrivalled.

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Dorothy Holland and Naomi Quinn disagree totally with Geertz, and argue that "meaning" is foremost a cognitive phenomenon, and all descriptions of meaning should therefore take into account the mental processes that produce meaning in the minds of individuals (Holland & Quinn 1997, 5-11). In other words, like any other scholarly or scientific approach, hermeneutists must reduce their understanding of the subject to cover only some aspects of it. Note that, personally, I consider this an advantage and not a failure for the hermeneutic processing of information.

Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. 1998 The Craft of Thought. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. Clark, Andy 1997 Being There: Putting Brain, Body, and the World Together Again.

Edited by James M. Edie. Evanston: Northwestern University Press. of Phenonomenology of Religion: Between 'Given' and Constructed Teuvo Laitila As Professor Allen stated, it is strange that although we speak of phenomenology of religion we have made no substantial use either of philosophical phenomenology from Husserl to Sartre and Merleau-Ponty or of the closely related ideas of Kierkegaard, Jaspers, Heidegger and others. Obviously one reason for this is that, with the exception of Kierkegaard and Jaspers, these philosophers have not much to say about religion.

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