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How to Write a Book: Religious Experience at Thirty

How to Write a Book: Religious Experience at Thirty g. scott davis / university of richmond ome years ago i mentioned to Wayne Proudfoot what a pleasure it was to teach Religious Experience, if only to show a group of students how to develop an argument over the course of an entire book. Proudfoot shook his head and remarked that one reviewer praised the book as a helpful collection of essays. in the remarks that follow, i want to argue three points: 1) that Religious Experience is a remarkably tight argument, from beginning to end; 2) that the argument vindicates a methodological pluralism that was previously undervalued in the philosophical study of religion; and 3) that Religious Experience established a paradigm for the philosophical study of religion that remains the norm. The Aristotelian Way other than scholars of Aristotle, few academics remark how early the paradigm of philosophical book-writing was established. but it is a regular practice of Aristotle to begin, as in On the Soul, by charting the history of the question, identifying predecessors so that he can profit by their insights and avoid their errors.1 As best as we can tell, for most of the history of human beings, specifically the recorded histories of most http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png American Journal of Theology & Philosophy University of Illinois Press

How to Write a Book: Religious Experience at Thirty

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g. scott davis / university of richmond ome years ago i mentioned to Wayne Proudfoot what a pleasure it was to teach Religious Experience, if only to show a group of students how to develop an argument over the course of an entire book. Proudfoot shook his head and remarked that one reviewer praised the book as a helpful collection of essays. in the remarks that follow, i want to argue three points: 1) that Religious Experience is a remarkably tight argument, from beginning to end; 2) that the argument vindicates a methodological pluralism that was previously undervalued in the philosophical study of religion; and 3) that Religious Experience established a paradigm for the philosophical study of religion that remains the norm. The Aristotelian Way other than scholars of Aristotle, few academics remark how early the paradigm of philosophical book-writing was established. but it is a regular practice of Aristotle to begin, as in On the Soul, by charting the history of the question, identifying predecessors so that he can profit by their insights and avoid their errors.1 As best as we can tell, for most of the history of human beings, specifically the recorded histories of most

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American Journal of Theology & PhilosophyUniversity of Illinois Press

Published: Mar 22, 2017

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