- Paperback: 246 pages
- Publisher: Wiley-Blackwell; 1 edition (March 3, 2014)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1444330535
- ISBN-13: 978-1444330533
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.6 x 9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 11.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 2 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,606,532 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Philosophy and the Study of Religions: A Manifesto 1st Edition
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“Here, informed by the work of a wide range of social theorists, anthropologists, and others, Schilbrack seeks to draw philosophers of religion out of their cultural insularity, through a consideration of concepts such as ‘embodied knowledge,’ to contemplate what ‘religion’ might be, feel like, and mean in ‘the rest’ of the world.” (Church Times, 4 September 2015)
“The book adds considerable momentum to the most innovative developments in philosophy of religion today.” (Int J Philos Religion, 1 March 2015)
“Schilbrack concludes with strong arguments on the cross-cultural study of religion and suggests a combination of functional (the work religion does in human lives) and substantive (what religion enables people to know). Each chapter includes a bibliographic essay that will make this book a delight for classroom use. Summing Up: Highly recommended. Lower-level undergraduates and above.” (Choice, 1 January 2015)
“This book is a valuable resource for both undergraduate and postgraduate students in either field. Similarly, scholars will find important issues raised in this volume that they often ignore given, as Schilbrack argues, the insularity that characterizes the philosophy of religion.” (Religious Studies Review, 1 September 2014)
From the Back Cover
The knowledge we share of the world is growing and itsboundaries shrinking, and consequently the field of religiousstudies is developing and changing as we become more familiar withthe variety of religions across the globe in the twenty-firstcentury. It is within this context of growth that Schilbrackprovides a rallying call for a long-overdue transformation of thephilosophy of religion. He argues for a shift from its currentnarrow focus on questions of God – primarily of interest toChristian theologians – to one providing a fully globalcritical reflection on religions in all their variety anddimensions. The time has come to shed the restrictive nature oftraditional philosophy of religion, and open the discipline to thereligious diversity that characterizes the world today.
This is a manifesto for a philosophy of religion centered on thestudy of how religions are lived and practiced rather than animposition of a set of intellectual values. It advocates across-cultural approach, not limited to questions of classicalmonotheism, but one in conversation with other fields of religiousstudy. Philosophy of religion was invented in the Enlightenment andreflected the Eurocentric understanding of the world in that day;this manifesto persuasively argues that the discipline now needsreinventing in order to function in, and reflect our present, morecomplicated world.
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I did not read all of the final chapter ("The Academic Study of Religions: a Map with Bridges") as I am not of academia and it felt voyeuristic.