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Books of Interest: Philosophy and the Study of Religions

Dedicated to historical, critical, and social scientific approaches to the study of religion, as well as a relentlessly reflexive critique of the theories, methods, and categories used in such study.

SchilbrackNAASR member Kevin Schilbrack has a new book out with Wiley-Blackwell, Philosophy and the Study of Religions: A Manifesto (2014). From the book description:

Philosophy and the Study of Religions: A Manifesto advocates a radical transformation of the discipline from its current, narrow focus on questions of God, to a fully global form of critical reflection on religions in all their variety and dimensions.

  • Opens the discipline of philosophy of religion to the religious diversity that characterizes the world today
  • Builds bridges between philosophy of religion and the other interpretative and explanatory approaches in the field of religious studies
  • Provides a manifesto for a global approach to the subject that is a practice-centred rather than a belief-centred activity
  • Gives attention to reflexive critical studies of ‘religion’ as socially constructed and historically located
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