Religion, Theory, Critique: Classic and Contemporary Approaches and Methodologies by Richard KingReligion, Theory, Critique: Classic and Contemporary Approaches and Methodologies by Richard King

Religion, Theory, Critique: Classic and Contemporary Approaches and Methodologies

EditorRichard King

Hardcover | July 18, 2017

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Religion, Theory, Critique is an essential tool for learning about theory and method in the study of religion. Leading experts engage with contemporary and classical theories as well as nonwestern scholarship. Unlike other collections, this anthology emphasizes the dynamic relationship between "religion" as an object of study and different methodological approaches and openly addresses the question of the manifold ways in which "religion," "secular," and "culture" are imagined within different disciplinary horizons. This volume is the first textbook which seeks to engage discussion of classical approaches with contemporary cultural and critical theories.

Contributors write on the influence of the natural sciences in the study of religion; the role of European Christianity in modeling theories of religion; religious experience and the interface with cognitive science; the structure and function of religious language; the social-scientific study of religion; ritual in religion; the phenomenology of religion; critical theory and religion; embodiment and religion; the impact of colonialism and modernity; theorizing religion in terms of race and ethnicity; links among religion, nationalism, and globalization; the interplay of gender, sex, and religion; and religion and the environment. Each chapter introduces the topic, identifies key theorists and issues, and respects the pluralistic nature of the scholarship in the field. Altogether, this collection scrutinizes the explicit and implicit assumptions theorists make about religion as an object of analysis.

Richard King is professor of Buddhist and Asian studies at the University of Kent. He is the author of Selling Spirituality: The Silent Takeover of Religion (2004); Indian Philosophy: An Introduction to Hindu and Buddhist Thought (1999); Orientalism and Religion: Postcolonial Theory, India, and the "Mystic East" (1999); and Early Adva...
Title:Religion, Theory, Critique: Classic and Contemporary Approaches and MethodologiesFormat:HardcoverDimensions:688 pagesPublished:July 18, 2017Publisher:Columbia University PressLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:023114542x

ISBN - 13:9780231145428


Table of Contents

PrefaceAcknowledgments1. The Copernican Turn in the Study of Religion, by Richard KingPart 1: Historical Foundations/Genealogies2. Nominalist "Judaism" and the Late-Ancient Invention of Religion, by Daniel Boyarin3. Bible/Religion/Critique, by Ward Blanton and Yvonne Sherwood4. Hegel: On Secularity and the Religion-Making Machine, by Arvind Mandair5. Friedrich Max Müller and the Science of Religion, by Lourens van den Bosch6. Classic Comparative Theology and the Study of Religion, by Hugh Nicholson7. Religion, Religious Studies, and Shinto in Modern Japan, by Jun'ichi IsomaePart 2: The Enlightenment Critique of Religion8. David Hume on Religion, by Randall Styers9. Feuerbach on Religion, by Jay Geller10. Nietzsche: Life, Works, Reception, by Tyler Roberts11. Sigmund Freud on Religion, by Volney Gay12. Karl Marx on Religion, by Terry Rey13. "Religion" in the Writings of the New Atheists, by Tina BeattiePart 3: Religion Beyond the West14. Indigenous African Traditions as Models for Theorizing Religion, by Edward P. Antonio15. Zongjiao and the Category of Religion in China, by Ya-pei Kuo16. Islamic D?n as an Alternative to Western Models of "Religion", by Ahmet T. Karamustafa17. Translation, by Arvind MandairPart 4: Religion as Experience18. The Psychology of Religion, by Jeremy Carrette19. William James and the Study of Religion: A Critical Reading, by Jeremy Carrette and David Lamberth20. Rudolf Otto and the Idea of the Holy, by Gregory Alles21. Jung on Religion, by Volney Gay22. Religion and the Brain: Cognitive Science as a Basis for Theories of Religion, by Ilkka Pyysiäinen23. A Critical Response to Cognitivist Theories of Religion, by Steven Engler and Mark Quentin GardinerPart 5: Religion, Language, and Myth24. "Religion" in Anglo-American (Analytical) Philosophy of Religion, by Ludger Viefhues-Bailey25. Structuralist Linguistics and Structuralist Theories of Religion, by Volney Gay26. Imagining, Manufacturing, and Theorizing Myth: An Overview of Key Theories of Myth and Religion, by Daniel DubuissonPart 6: Religion/Society/Culture27. The Origins of the Sociology of Religion: The Problem of "Religion" and "Religions" in Classical Sociology, by Bryan S. Turner28. Contemporary Social Theory and Religion: The Misconstrual of Religion in Theories of "Second" Modernity, by Simon Speck29. Classical Anthropological Theories of Religion, by Randall Styers30. Defining Religion: Geertz and Asad, by Jon P. Mitchell31. Religion, Media, and Cultural Studies, by Richard FoxPart 7: Religion, Ritual, and Action32. Classic Ritual Theories, by Ulrike Brunotte33. The Myth-Ritual Debate, by Ulrike Brunotte34. From Ritual to Ritualization, by Jon P. Mitchell35. Religion and Theories of Action, by Kocku von StuckradPart 8: The Phenomenology of Religion and Its Critics36. Phenomenology of Religion: The Philosophical Background, by Charles E. Scott37. The Phenomenology of Religion, by James L. Cox38. Mircea Eliade, by Gregory Alles39. Critical Responses to Phenomenological Theories of Religion: What Kind of Category Is "Religion"?, by William Arnal40. Critical Religion: "Religion" Is Not a Stand-Alone Category, by Timothy FitzgeraldPart 9: Religion and Contemporary European Thought41. Post-Marxism and Religion, by Nelson Maldonado-Torres42. Pierre Bourdieu on Religion, by Terry Rey43. Jacques Derrida on Religion, by Ellen Armour44. Foucault and the Study of Religion, by Jeremy Carrette45. Contemporary Continental Philosophy and the "Return of the Religious", by Randall StyersPart 10: Religion, Gender, and Sexuality46. Feminist Approaches to the Study of Religion, by Darlene Juschka47. French Feminism and Religion, by Morny Joy48. Queer Theory Meets Critical Religion: Are We Starting to Think Yet?, by Naomi R. GoldenbergPart 11: Religion, Coloniality and Race49. Religion, Modernity, and Coloniality, by Nelson Maldonado-Torres50. Apartheid Comparative Religion in South Africa, by David Chidester51. Theorizing Race and Religion: Du Bois, Cox, and Fanon, by William David Hart52. Black Cultural Criticism, the New Politics of Difference, and Religious Criticism, by Victor Anderson53. Theorizing Black Religious Studies: A Genealogy, by Victor AndersonPart 12: Religion/Nation/Globalization54. Religion and Violence, by William T. Cavanaugh55. Religion and Economy, by Gregory Alles56. Globalization and Religion, by Jeremy CarretteList of ContributorsIndex

Editorial Reviews

Once driven by a comparative method on the trail of timeless universals, the academic study of religion is today an entirely different beast; for although some scholars still understand religion as a deeply meaningful, personal experience, a newer generation is far more sensitive to viewpoint, theory, and the practical implications of scholarship itself. Religion, Theory, Critique is largely a work of this generation, offering a set of state-of-the-art essays that keep in sight both the study of religious people as well as those who classify them as religious. It therefore sets a table for scrutinizing the entire field-including our tools and our assumptions-making it ideal for readers keen to do something more than describe self-evidencies.