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Universalism and Particularism
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[German Version]

I. Religious Studies

In the classical phenomenology of religion, the universalism/particularism dichotomy denotes the difference between universal religions (Typology of religion) and so-called folk religions (Folk piety); the latter are “limited to a single people,” whereas the former “spread to include many peoples” (Mensching, 286f.) and proclaim a “universal” message, addressed in principle to all humanity. The universal relig…

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Figl, Johann, Rüterswörden, Udo and Wander, Bernd, “Universalism and Particularism”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 18 September 2020 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1877-5888_rpp_COM_025237>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013



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