Contemporary Views on Comparative Religion - In Celebration of Tim Jensen’s 65th Birthday - Peter Antes

Contemporary Views on Comparative Religion - In Celebration of Tim Jensen’s 65th Birthday - Peter Antes

6. A Method Without Explanatory Theory: Ugo Bianchi’s Historical-Comparative Methodology after Thirty Years

Contemporary Views on Comparative Religion - In Celebration of Tim Jensen’s 65th Birthday - Peter Antes

Giulia Sfameni Gasparro
University of Messina

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The fundamental aim of Ugo Bianchi’s scholarship was to reconcile in a single perspective the two main streams in the History of Religions. These, respectively, are idiographic research, attentive to details in their historical specificity; and the construction of a vast comparative framework aimed at showing analogies and differences between various phenomena and their formative and development processes, beyond interpretative formulas imposed ‘a-priori’. Faced with the positions of the Cognitive Science of Religion that instead consider it necessary to formulate general theories aimed at explaining ‘religion’, our aim is to assess the ongoing validity of this method for a correct analysis of the various phenomena that can be attributed to this multiform ‘category’.

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Gasparro, Giulia . 6. A Method Without Explanatory Theory: Ugo Bianchi’s Historical-Comparative Methodology after Thirty Years. Contemporary Views on Comparative Religion - In Celebration of Tim Jensen’s 65th Birthday. Equinox eBooks Publishing, United Kingdom. p. 73-86 Feb 2016. ISBN 9781781791394. https://www.equinoxpub.com/home/view-chapter/?id=28093. Date accessed: 09 Aug 2020 doi: 10.1558/equinox.28093. Feb 2016

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