Too Much, Too Little, or the Wrong Kind of ‘Theory’ in the Study of Religions?

Too Much, Too Little, or the Wrong Kind of ‘Theory’ in the Study of Religions? In response to the recent publication of Theory In a Time of Excess this article offers an outsider perspective on the theoretical issues raised and why they are ultimately unlikely to be resolved. The article argues that there is a widespread problematic tendency to equate theory with a specific category of critical theory that tautologically restricts the theoretical boundaries of the study of religion field and neglects the contributions of more empirically inclined theorists. In a similar manner, essentialising narratives about the Cognitive Science of Religion that portray the field as unified and monolithic are highlighted and the validity of such critiques is questioned. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Method & Theory in the Study of Religion Brill

Too Much, Too Little, or the Wrong Kind of ‘Theory’ in the Study of Religions?

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Brill
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Copyright © Koninklijke Brill NV, Leiden, The Netherlands
ISSN
0943-3058
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1570-0682
DOI
10.1163/15700682-12341439
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Abstract

In response to the recent publication of Theory In a Time of Excess this article offers an outsider perspective on the theoretical issues raised and why they are ultimately unlikely to be resolved. The article argues that there is a widespread problematic tendency to equate theory with a specific category of critical theory that tautologically restricts the theoretical boundaries of the study of religion field and neglects the contributions of more empirically inclined theorists. In a similar manner, essentialising narratives about the Cognitive Science of Religion that portray the field as unified and monolithic are highlighted and the validity of such critiques is questioned.

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Method & Theory in the Study of ReligionBrill

Published: Mar 15, 2018

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