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The Allure of Decadent Thinking: Religious Studies and the Challenge of Postmodernism

Carl Olson


This book offers a compelling and provocative argument against the application of postmodern thought to religious studies, showing how such radically skeptical thinking undermines, subverts, and distorts the study of religion. It shows that religious studies is an ongoing experiment with various types of methodological approaches to the study of religion, which is itself a human construct with limited cross-cultural application. Without a commonly agreed-upon method for the study of its subject, religious studies is characterized by the use of multiple methods, which tend to be adopted based o ... More

Keywords: religious studies, postmodernism, Georges Bataille, Jacques Derrida, Marcel Mauss, Michel Foucault, Edward W. Said, hermeneutics, comparison, difference

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2013 Print ISBN-13: 9780199959839
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2013 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199959839.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Carl Olson, author
Allegheny College