5. J. Z. Smith on Comparison: Insights and Appropriations (AAR Panel)
Oliver Freiberger [+]
University of Texas
Identifying divergent assessments of Jonathan Z. Smith’s contributions to the field, Freiberger examines two misinterpretations of Smith’s views about comparison in the study of religion: the notion that Smith questioned the very possibility of comparison as a method and (2) the assumption that he endorsed homological and rejected analogical comparison.