Chasing Down Religion - In the Sights of History and the Cognitive Sciences - Panayotis Pachis

Chasing Down Religion - In the Sights of History and the Cognitive Sciences - Panayotis Pachis

Recovering 'Religious Experience' in the Explanation of Religion

Chasing Down Religion - In the Sights of History and the Cognitive Sciences - Panayotis Pachis

Donald Wiebe [+-]
University of Toronto
Donald Wiebe is Professor of Philosophy of Religion at the University of Toronto, Canada. His primary areas of research interest are philosophy of the social sciences, epistemology, philosophy of religion, the history of the academic and scientific study of religion, and method and theory in the study of religion. He is the author of Religion and Truth: Towards and Alternative Paradigm for the Study of Religion (De Gruyter, 1981), The Irony of Theology and the Nature of Religious Thought (McGill-Queen’s University Press, 1991), Beyond Legitimation: Essays on the Problem of Religious Knowledge (Palgrave Macmillan, 1994), and The Politics of Religious Studies: The Continuing Conflict with Theology in the Academy (Palgrave Macmillan, 1999). He is a founding member of the North American Association for the Study of Religion, and served as President of that Association twice (1986/1987; 1991/1992).

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Donald Wiebe has two aims in this essay. First to provide an account of the emergence and development of that theory from two methodological innovations Lewis-Williams brought to the field of rock art studies that not only made possible a more sophisticated interpretation of the artistic creations of the San (and our more distant forebears), but also revealed the essential character of their art as expressions of the religious beliefs they held. He will then show how those beliefs are intimately tied to what we commonly conceive of as “religious experience”.

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Wiebe, Donald. Recovering 'Religious Experience' in the Explanation of Religion. Chasing Down Religion - In the Sights of History and the Cognitive Sciences. Equinox eBooks Publishing, United Kingdom. p. 511-530 Dec 2014. ISBN 9781781792070. https://www.equinoxpub.com/home/view-chapter/?id=23102. Date accessed: 09 Aug 2020 doi: 10.1558/equinox.23102. Dec 2014

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