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Radical Interpretation in Religion

Radical Interpretation in Religion

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Terry F. Godlove Jr, Jeffrey Stout, Richard Rorty, Wayne L. Proudfoot, Catherine M. Bell, E. Thomas Lawson, Maurice Bloch, Hans H. Penner, Nancy F. Frankenberry, Jonathan Z. Smith
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  • Date Published: October 2002
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521017053

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  • Ten writers present radical interpretations of religious belief in the styles of Donald Davidson, Robert Brandom, Richard Rorty, and William James that explore cultural anthropology and cognitive science. They include critical appraisals of the history of religions as influenced by the Romantic movement and different interpretations from Durkheim to Lévi Strauss.

    • Landmark collection of essays by ten of the most interesting writers on the subject today
    • Unique application of Donald Davidson's 'radical interpretation', Robert Brandom's 'inferentialism' and Richard Rorty's pragmatism to the study of religious belief
    • Of interest and importance to general readers as well as specialists
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    "Scholars of religion will, no doubt, be interested in these new theoretical adventures..." Religious Studies Review

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    • Date Published: October 2002
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521017053
    • length: 248 pages
    • dimensions: 244 x 155 x 13 mm
    • weight: 0.34kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Part I. Pragmatics:
    1. Introduction to Part I
    2. Saving belief: on the new materialism in religious studies Terry F. Godlove Jr
    3. Radical interpretation and pragmatism: Davidson, Rorty, and Brandom on truth Jeffrey Stout
    4. Cultural politics and the question of the existence of God Richard Rorty
    5. Religion and naturalism Wayne L. Proudfoot
    Part II. Culture and Cognition:
    6. Introduction to Part II
    7. 'The Chinese believe in spirits': belief and believing in the study of religion Catherine M. Bell
    8. On interpreting the world religiously E. Thomas Lawson
    9. Are religious beliefs counter-intuitive? Maurice Bloch
    Part III. Semantics:
    10. Introduction to Part III
    11. You don't read a myth for information Hans H. Penner
    12. Religion as a mobile army of metaphors: a Davidsonian critique Nancy F. Frankenberry
    13. Manna, Mana everywhere and /_/_/_......Jonathan Z. Smith.

  • Editor

    Nancy K. Frankenberry, Dartmouth College, New Hampshire
    Nancy K. Frankenberry is John Phillips Professor of Religion at Dartmouth College, New Hampshire.


    Terry F. Godlove Jr, Jeffrey Stout, Richard Rorty, Wayne L. Proudfoot, Catherine M. Bell, E. Thomas Lawson, Maurice Bloch, Hans H. Penner, Nancy F. Frankenberry, Jonathan Z. Smith

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