Turning the Tables: The History of Philosophy as a Field of Enquiry for Religious Studies

Religion as Relation - Studying Religion in Context - Peter Berger

Christoph Jedan [+-]
University of Groningen
Christoph Jedan is Professor of Ethics and Philosophy of Religion at the Faculty of Theology and Religious Studies, University of Groningen. His research interests include Ancient Greek and Roman philosophy, the intersections of religion and philosophy today (religion and politics, postsecularism), and the history and continuing relevance of consolation for death and loss. He has (co)authored and (co)edited a dozen books and special journal issues, inter alia Stoic virtues: Chrysippus and the Religious Character of Stoic Ethics (Continuum, 2009) and (with Avril Maddrell and Eric Venbrux) Consolationscapes in the Face of Loss: Grief and Consolation in Space and Time (Routledge, 2019).


The book is intended for undergraduate students in religious studies and anyone else interested in the study of religion. It differs from most other introductions and handbooks in that it draws on ongoing research to show ‘how’ researchers approach their topics, thus providing orientation in a multidisciplinary context without attempting to homogenize the field.  Religion is studied from a multitude of approaches and methodologies, also represented in this volume: history, anthropology, philosophy, sociology, psychology and the academic study of religion. The introduction therefore focuses on providing students with an overview of the issues that are at stake in choosing an approach to studying religion in a multidisciplinary context: how one can learn to recognize how scholars conceptualize and delineate the object of study, what theory is, to recognize on what level of analysis research may take place, and the ‘problem of belief’ in the study of religion. The author of each chapter discusses material from their own research to demonstrate the approach and methodology they apply to produce and analyse the material they work with. This allows students to orient themselves with regard to the various methodologies and perspectives that they can deploy to formulate and answer their own research questions. 

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Jedan, Christoph. Turning the Tables: The History of Philosophy as a Field of Enquiry for Religious Studies. Religion as Relation - Studying Religion in Context. Equinox eBooks Publishing, United Kingdom. Oct 2021. ISBN 9781800500709. https://www.equinoxpub.com/home/view-chapter/?id=42552. Date accessed: 27 Feb 2021 doi: 10.1558/equinox.42552. Oct 2021

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