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THEO 7443 Comparative Religion: History and Methods (Fall: 3 )


Course Description

The comparative study of religions has evolved through different stages of methodological reflection since its establishment as an autonomous discipline over a century ago. Questions concerning the nature and goal of comparison and the possibilities and limits of understanding individuals belonging to other religions remain at the heart of any engagement with religious pluralism. We will explore these questions through a study of the theories of early phenomenologists of religion such as Gerardus Van der Leeuw, through the work of Mircea Eliade and his critics, and up to the contemporary approaches of figures such as Jonathan Z. Smith.


Schedule: Periodically

Instructor(s): Catherine Cornille

Prerequisites: None

Cross listed with: TMST7106

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Last Updated: 28-Jan-14