Vocabulary for the Study of Religion

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Edited by: Robert A. Segal & Kocku von Stuckrad.

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The Vocabulary for the Study of Religion offers a unique overview of critical terms in the study of religion(s). This first dictionary in English covers a broad spectrum of theoretical topics used in the academic study of religion, including those from adjacent disciplines such as sociology, anthropology, historiography, theology, philology, literary studies, psychology, philosophy, cultural studies, and political sciences.

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Author(s): Hartmut von Sass
Abstract: The term dogmatism first appeared as the opposite of antique skepticism, later as a critical label for pre-Enlightenment schools of metaphysics. Through German Idealism “dogmatism” slowly b…
Date: 2014-09-16

Do ut des

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Author(s): Garry Trompf
Abstract: Do ut des refers to an ancient Latin formula used when sacrifices were made to the gods in the hope of fruitfulness and security. Extrapolated from its original context, it has come to refer to…
Date: 2014-09-16


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Author(s): Eli Rozik
Abstract: Drama has been linked to theories of ritual origin, but also defined in terms of Aristotle’s Poetics as a mode of representation through the enactment of a narrative. ‘Enactment’ is umbilically connected to mimesis, and sha…
Date: 2014-09-16


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Author(s): Kelly Bulkeley
Abstract: Dreams are regarded as religiously significant experiences in most of the world’s cultural traditions, though always within a context of conceptual and linguistic ambiguity about where drea…
Date: 2014-09-16


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Author(s): Iain Gardner
Abstract: The term dualism originated in the eighteenth century to refer to Zoroastrianism. In the academic study of religion it refers to two opposed principles, with time and the cosmos conceived a…