The Mennaisian “Catholic Science of Religion”: Epistemology and History in Early Nineteenth-Century French Study

The Mennaisian “Catholic Science of Religion”: Epistemology and History in Early... © Koninklijke Brill NV, Leiden, 2009 DOI: 10.1163/157006809X460338 Method and Th eory in the Study of Religion 21 (2009) 285-309 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 & Th e Mennaisian “Catholic Science of Religion”: Epistemology and History in Early Nineteenth-Century French Study of Religion Arthur McCalla Philosophy & Religious Studies Department, Mount Saint Vincent University arthur.mccalla@msvu.ca Abstract Th is article examines the “science of religion” constructed by the Catholic Traditionalist Félicité de Lamennais (1782-1854) and his followers associated with the journal Mémorial Catholique (1824-1830) as an aspect of the career of the concept of religion in France in the early nineteenth century. It rests on the dual convictions that “religion” is an epistemological object that possesses a history and that the early nineteenth century occupies a transitional place in the shift from biblically-based to critical-historical approaches to thinking about religion. It will also yield some concluding refl ections on the post-colonialist turn in recent historiography of religion. Keywords Catholic Traditionalism; France; historical epistemology; historiography of religion; Félicité Lamennais; science of religion Th is article http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Method & Theory in the Study of Religion Brill

The Mennaisian “Catholic Science of Religion”: Epistemology and History in Early Nineteenth-Century French Study

Method & Theory in the Study of Religion, Volume 21 (3): 285 – Jan 1, 2009

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© 2009 Koninklijke Brill NV, Leiden, The Netherlands
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© Koninklijke Brill NV, Leiden, 2009 DOI: 10.1163/157006809X460338 Method and Th eory in the Study of Religion 21 (2009) 285-309 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 & Th e Mennaisian “Catholic Science of Religion”: Epistemology and History in Early Nineteenth-Century French Study of Religion Arthur McCalla Philosophy & Religious Studies Department, Mount Saint Vincent University arthur.mccalla@msvu.ca Abstract Th is article examines the “science of religion” constructed by the Catholic Traditionalist Félicité de Lamennais (1782-1854) and his followers associated with the journal Mémorial Catholique (1824-1830) as an aspect of the career of the concept of religion in France in the early nineteenth century. It rests on the dual convictions that “religion” is an epistemological object that possesses a history and that the early nineteenth century occupies a transitional place in the shift from biblically-based to critical-historical approaches to thinking about religion. It will also yield some concluding refl ections on the post-colonialist turn in recent historiography of religion. Keywords Catholic Traditionalism; France; historical epistemology; historiography of religion; Félicité Lamennais; science of religion Th is article

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Method & Theory in the Study of ReligionBrill

Published: Jan 1, 2009

Keywords: HISTORIOGRAPHY OF RELIGION; FRANCE; HISTORICAL EPISTEMOLOGY; FÉLICITÉ LAMENNAIS; CATHOLIC TRADITIONALISM; SCIENCE OF RELIGION

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