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Why Philosophy Matters for the Study of Religion—and Vice Versa

Thomas A. Lewis


Philosophy of religion today is characterized by a lacuna: little recent work has engaged with or contributed to broader developments in the academic study of religion. The result has been impoverishment on both sides: Broadly speaking, work in philosophy of religion is still strongly marked by an excessive focus on Christianity and, to a lesser extent, Judaism—almost to the exclusion of other religious traditions. Moreover, in many cases it has been confined to a narrow set of intellectual problems, without embedding these in their larger social, historical, and practical contexts. The book a ... More

Keywords: academic study of religion, comparative ethics, history, methodology, methods and theories, normative, philosophy of religion, religious ethics, religious studies, theology

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2015 Print ISBN-13: 9780198744740
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2015 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198744740.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Thomas A. Lewis, author
Professor of Religious Studies, Brown University