Religious Studies | Cross-cultural Study of Religion
R662 | 3750 | Campany


R662 Cross-cultural Study of Religion (3 Cr.) M 4:00-6:00 SY 224
(section
3750)(Campany) Authorization from the department required.

Is it possible to compare one religion to another?  Is it legitimate to do
so across deep cultural and
linguistic differences?  How was "comparative religion" carried out in the
past -- on what assumptions,
and to what ends?  What has changed?  Does comparison yield a distinctive
kind of knowledge of
religions?  Does comparison remain a viable enterprise as the twentieth
century draws to a close, or is it
best viewed as a now-defunct moment in the modern development of
humanistic studies?

This seminar provides some grounding in the history of the comparative
study of religion, and examines
the fundamental intellectual and methodological issues inherent in such
study.  Intensive reading, some
writing projects, and in-class presentations are required.  Format is
participatory.  This is the Track II
doctoral seminar.

Texts: Readings from the history of cross-cultural comparison (both
primary and secondary work);
anthropological, sociological, and phenomenological theory (both old and
recent); and recent works in
which comparative theory is instructively applied.