Religious Studies | Interpretations of Religion
R665 | 4175 | Furey


In this course we will read and analyze twentieth-century texts that
influence the way religion is studied in the academy.  The authors
who have influenced religious studies speak from a variety of
disciplinary and theoretical backgrounds: sociology, anthropology,
psychology, phenomenology, hermeneutics.  Consequently, as we engage
their texts we will also create a sustained, comparative analysis of
the relative strengths and weaknesses of these approaches.  Authors
read include Max Weber, Peter Berger, Mircea Eliade, Sigmund Freud,
Clifford Geertz, Paul Riceour, Victor Turner, and Jonathan Z.
Smith.  Requirements:  weekly response papers and a final paper.