Religion and the Hermeneutics of Contemplation by D. Z. PhillipsReligion and the Hermeneutics of Contemplation by D. Z. Phillips

Religion and the Hermeneutics of Contemplation

byD. Z. Phillips

Paperback | September 10, 2001

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D.Z. Phillips argues that intellectuals need not see their task as being for or against religion, but as one of understanding it. What stands in the way of this task is certain methodological assumptions about what inquiry into religion must be. Beginning with Bernard Williams on Greek gods, Phillips goes on to examine these assumptions in the work of Hume, Feurerbach, Marx, Frazer, Tylor, Marett, Freud, Durkheim, Lévy-Bruhl, Berger and Winch. The result exposes confusion, but also gives logical space to religious belief and shows how the academic study of religion may return to the contemplative task of doing conceptual justice to the world. Religion and the Hermeneutics of Contemplation extends in important ways D.Z. Phillips' seminal 1976 book Religion Without Explanation. It will be of interest to scholars and students of philosophy, anthropology, sociology and theology.
Title:Religion and the Hermeneutics of ContemplationFormat:PaperbackPublished:September 10, 2001Publisher:Cambridge University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0521008468

ISBN - 13:9780521008464

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Table of Contents

1. Hermeneutics and the philosophical future of religious studies; 2. Bernard Williams on the gods and us; 3. Hume's legacy; 4. Feuerbach: religion's secret; 5. Marx and Engels: religion, alienation and compensation; 6. Tylor and Frazer: are religious beliefs mistaken hypotheses?; 7. Marett: primitive reactions; 8. Freud: the battle for 'earliest' things; 9. Durkheim: religion as a social construct; 10. Lévy-Bruhl: primitive logic; 11. Berger: the avoidance of discourse; 12. Which: trying to understand; 13. Understanding: a philosophical vocation.

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"The book is rich and provocative, and is highly recommended for a wide range of philosophically inclined scholars of religion." The Journal of Religion