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Conceptualizing Religion: Immanent Anthropologists, Transcendent Natives, and Unbounded Categories (Hardback)

Benson Saler

Edité par Brill, Netherlands, 1993
ISBN 10: 9004095853 / ISBN 13: 9789004095854
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Titre : Conceptualizing Religion: Immanent ...

Éditeur : Brill, Netherlands

Date d'édition : 1993

Reliure : Hardback

Etat du livre : New

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Language: English . Brand New Book. How might we transform a folk category - in this case, religion - into an analytical category suitable for cross-cultural research? In addressing that question, this book critically explores various approaches to the problem of conceptualizing religion for scholarly purposes, particularly with respect to certain disciplinary interests of anthropologists. The author argues that the most plausible analytical strategy can be based on the idea of family resemblances, especially as that idea has been used and developed in contemporary prototype theory. In the solution proposed, religion is conceptualized as an affair of more or less rather than a matter of yes or no, and no sharp line is drawn between religion and non-religion. N° de réf. du libraire AAN9789004095854

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Synopsis : How might we transform a folk category - in this case, religion - into an analytical category suitable for cross-cultural research? In addressing that question, this book critically explores various approaches to the problem of conceptualizing religion for scholarly purposes, particularly with respect to certain disciplinary interests of anthropologists. The author argues that the most plausible analytical strategy can be based on the idea of family resemblances, especially as that idea has been used and developed in contemporary prototype theory. In the solution proposed, religion is conceptualized as an affair of "more or less" rather than a matter of "yes or no" and no sharp line is drawn between religion and non-religion.

Critique: '...both scholarly and readable...' Brian Morris, Method & Theory in the Study of Religion, 1994. '...it is precisely Saler's comprehensive and thoughtful critique of earlier attempts at establishing a definition of religion that successfully undermines the foundations of his own project.' Charles Hirschkind, American Anthropologist, 1994. 'In this study, the author displays an astonishing knowledge of the field, an outstanding command of the literature and a most remarkable width of scope.' E.C. Polome, Journal of Indo-European Studies, 1994. 'This is the best book on conceptualizing religion that I have come across for many years.' Lourens Minnema, Bijdragen, tijdschrift voor filosofie en theologie, 1996.

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