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Explaining and Interpreting Religion

Essays on the Issue


Robert Segal

Contents: This book of essays challenges the conventional view that social scientists «explain» religion and that, by contrast, scholars of religions studies - religionists -interpret it. Both groups turn out to explain and interpret religion alike.
OR: This book of essays demonstrates the disparate uses of the terms «explanation» and «interpretation» in the study of religion. It then considers the implications of those uses for the reconcilability of a social scientific approach to religion with a religionist one.