Religious Philosophy as Multidisciplinary Comparative Inquiry: Envisioning a Future for the Philosophy of Religion

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SUNY Press, 5 nov. 2010 - 396 pagina's
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What can philosophy contribute to the study of religion? This book argues that the study of religion needs philosophy in the form of multidisciplinary comparative inquiry. Contradicting the current tendency to regard philosophical reflection and the academic study of religion as independent endeavors best kept apart, Wesley J. Wildman brings them together, offering a broader vision than that of traditional “philosophy of religion” and surmounting many of its difficulties. His newer conception of “religious philosophy” is well suited to the modern, multicultural, secular university. Through multidisciplinary comparative inquiry, religious philosophy allows for a variety of approaches—from historical and analytical work to evocative description and theoretical evaluation of truth claims—and both secular and religious thinkers participate. The tasks and varieties of religious philosophy as they arc across the world’s religions and philosophies are discussed along with religious philosophy’s modern and postmodern contexts. Wildman’s thoughtful and thought-provoking book will be essential reading for all those concerned with the study of religion, present and future.
  

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Inhoudsopgave

1 Religious Philosophy among Kindred Disciplines
1
2 Tasks Contexts and Traditions of Religious Philosophy
35
3 Religious Philosophy Modernityand Postmodernity
57
4 Religious Philosophy and Multidisciplinarity
85
5 Religious Philosophy and Comparison
125
6 A Pragmatic Theory of Inquiry
167
7 Religious Philosophy and Inquiry
207
8 Traditions in Transformation
247
Religious Philosophy in the Modern University
307
Summary of the Deconstructive Case in Support of Religious Philosophy
308
Summary of the Constructive Case in Support of Religious Philosophy
311
Religious Philosophy and the Diversity of Higher Education
313
Conclusion
317
Bibliography
337
Index
357
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Over de auteur (2010)

Wesley J. Wildman is Associate Professor of Philosophy, Theology, and Ethics at Boston University. His books include Fidelity with Plausibility: Modest Christologies in the Twentieth Century, also published by SUNY Press, and Science and Religious Anthropology: A Spiritually Evocative Naturalist Interpretation of Human Life.

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