Religion as Relation - Studying Religion in Context - Peter Berger

Religion as Relation - Studying Religion in Context - Peter Berger

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).

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The philosophy of religion is one of the oldest and therefore most classical approaches to the study of religion. Acknowledging that religious studies owe a lot to philosophy, Chapter 3 by Christoph Jedan is an attempt at reversing a long-standing trend of importing concepts and methods established in other disciplines. Jedan’s chapter embarks on the opposite reflection that religious studies actually have a lot to offer other disciplines. In this vein, Jedan suggests that the historiography of philosophy could profit immensely from taking its cue from the terminology and research interests of religious studies. Using Stoicism as a central case study, Jedan explores inter alia the analytical usefulness of Smartʼs early differentiation of six dimensions of religion and of the concept of lived religion (adding a seventh one only later on). Finally, the author reflects on what ASR stands to gain by engaging with the history of philosophy.

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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. p. 70-93 Nov 2021. ISBN 9781800500709. https://www.equinoxpub.com/home/view-chapter/?id=42552. Date accessed: 23 Oct 2021 doi: 10.1558/equinox.42552. Nov 2021

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