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- DescriptionThis collection of recent essays on the social scientific study of religion makes the fundamental claim that on the one hand social scientists cant be facilely grouped into explainers rather than interpreters of religion and that on the other hand scholars of religious studies - religionists - cant fend off the social scientific challenge by rejecting explanation for interpretation. Not only are the concepts of explanation and interpretation defined differently in different fields, but by most definitions of the terms religionists and social scientists alike both explain and interpret religion. An acute hiatus between religionists and social scientists remains, but it is over how, t whether, religion gets explained and interpreted.
- Author BiographyThe Author: Robert A. Segal, Professor of Religious Studies at Louisiana State University, is the author of The Poimandres as Myth: Scholarly Theory and Gnostic Meaning, Joseph Campbell: An Introduction, Religion and the Social Sciences: Essays on the Confrontation, and The Gnostic Jung. He has also published many articles in the areas of methodology and theory in the study of religion, theories of myth, and Gnosticism. He received his Ph.D. from Princeton University and has taught at Reed College, Stanford University, the University of Toronto, the University of Pittsburgh, and Tulane University.
- Author(s)Robert A Segal
- PublisherPeter Lang Publishing Inc
- Date of Publication01/12/1992
- SubjectReligion: Comparative, General & Reference
- Series TitleToronto Studies in Religion
- Series Part/Volume Number16
- Country of PublicationUnited States
- First Published1992
- ImprintPeter Lang Publishing Inc
- Weight400 g
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