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

14. Claims for a Plurality of Knowledges in the Comparative Study of Religions

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

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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My concern in this paper is with the suggestions that the study of religion in the modern research university context must be open to a ‘plurality of knowledges.’ Such ‘knowledges,’ I argue, are ‘alien’ to the academy and that the only legitimate knowledge concerning religions in that context is scientific knowledge of the kind sought by the natural and social sciences, namely, intersubjectively testable propositional knowledge (empirical and theoretical) about religious thought, practice, and behaviour.

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Wiebe, Donald. 14. Claims for a Plurality of Knowledges in the Comparative Study of Religions. Contemporary Views on Comparative Religion - In Celebration of Tim Jensen’s 65th Birthday. Equinox eBooks Publishing, United Kingdom. p. 181-192 Feb 2016. ISBN 9781781791394. https://www.equinoxpub.com/home/view-chapter/?id=28101. Date accessed: 09 Aug 2020 doi: 10.1558/equinox.28101. Feb 2016

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