Science Envy in Theories of Religion

Science Envy in Theories of Religion © Koninklijke Brill NV, Leiden, 2010 DOI: 10.1163/157006810X531085 Method and Theory in the Study of Religion 22 (2010) 293-303 brill.nl/mtsr M E T H O D T H E O R Y in the S T U D Y O F R E L I G I O N & Science Envy in Theories of Religion Aaron W. Hughes* Institute of Jewish Thought, SUNY, Buffalo, USA aaronhug@buffalo.edu Abstract Recent theorizing about religion has largely shifted from the cultural to the biological domain. This, however, comes with a cost. To explore this in greater detail, the present essay is divided into three parts: first, I seek to reclaim and redefine what usually passes for the “phenomenol- ogy” of religion in the writings traditionally associated with likes of Gerardus van der Leeuw, often by way of Mircea Eliade. I seek to take an initial, tentative step in this reclamation by returning to an admittedly idiosyncratic reading of one version of Heidegger’s philosophy that emerges from the pages of his Sein und Zeit . Second, to show how this new theorizing, rather than contribute to the dubious and quasi-theological discourses associated with the philosophy of religion, enables us to focus with http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Method & Theory in the Study of Religion Brill

Science Envy in Theories of Religion

Method & Theory in the Study of Religion, Volume 22 (4): 293 – Jan 1, 2010

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© 2010 Koninklijke Brill NV, Leiden, The Netherlands
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© Koninklijke Brill NV, Leiden, 2010 DOI: 10.1163/157006810X531085 Method and Theory in the Study of Religion 22 (2010) 293-303 brill.nl/mtsr M E T H O D T H E O R Y in the S T U D Y O F R E L I G I O N & Science Envy in Theories of Religion Aaron W. Hughes* Institute of Jewish Thought, SUNY, Buffalo, USA aaronhug@buffalo.edu Abstract Recent theorizing about religion has largely shifted from the cultural to the biological domain. This, however, comes with a cost. To explore this in greater detail, the present essay is divided into three parts: first, I seek to reclaim and redefine what usually passes for the “phenomenol- ogy” of religion in the writings traditionally associated with likes of Gerardus van der Leeuw, often by way of Mircea Eliade. I seek to take an initial, tentative step in this reclamation by returning to an admittedly idiosyncratic reading of one version of Heidegger’s philosophy that emerges from the pages of his Sein und Zeit . Second, to show how this new theorizing, rather than contribute to the dubious and quasi-theological discourses associated with the philosophy of religion, enables us to focus with

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Published: Jan 1, 2010

Keywords: identity; Martin Heidegger; cultural studies; science; phenomenology; social construction

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