Constructing Data in Religious Studies - Examining the Architecture of the Academy - Leslie Dorrough Smith

Constructing Data in Religious Studies - Examining the Architecture of the Academy - Leslie Dorrough Smith

13. Serial Killers and Scholars of Religion

Constructing Data in Religious Studies - Examining the Architecture of the Academy - Leslie Dorrough Smith

Martha Smith Roberts
Fullerton College

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This chapter responds to Craig Martin’s discussion of the realist/anti-realist debate and its importance to the academic study of religion. Building on Martin’s call to take anti-realism seriously, this response begins to imagine how an anti-realist theoretical framework could become a part of the field's self-definition. Could anti-realism provide a foundation for the academic study of religion to construct itself as a field that acknowledges the strength of second-order critical thought as its central form and content? As a framework that renders visible the creation of both religion and scholars of religion, the author suggests that anti-realism can be generative of the field’s value.

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Smith-Roberts, Martha. 13. Serial Killers and Scholars of Religion. Constructing Data in Religious Studies - Examining the Architecture of the Academy. Equinox eBooks Publishing, United Kingdom. p. 183-191 Oct 2019. ISBN 9781781796764. https://www.equinoxpub.com/home/view-chapter/?id=34178. Date accessed: 23 Oct 2021 doi: 10.1558/equinox.34178. Oct 2019

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