Explaining Religion Criticism and Theory from Bodin to Freud
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J. Samuel Preus traces the development and articulation of a modern "naturalistic" approach to the study of religion by examining ideas about the origin of religion in the works of nine western thinkers: Jean Bodin, Herbert of Cherbury, Bernard Fontenelle, Giambattista Vico, David Hume, Auguste Comte, Edward Brunett Tylor, Emile Durkheim, and Sigmund Freud. He argues that beginning in the sixteenth century increasing critical detachment from theological presuppositions and commitments made it possible for the question of origins to be posed from an altogether non-religious point of view. This new modernist paradigm was characterized by the conviction that religion could be explained in scientific terms, like any other object of critical investigation.
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Publisher: Oxford University Press, Incorporated
Publication date: 1/2/1996
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.25" long x 1.00" tall
J. Samuel Preus is Ruth N. Halls Professor of Religious Studies Emeritus at Indiana University.
|Note on References|
|Religion As a Problem|
|Conflict, Contradiction, and Impasse: Jean Bodin|
|Rationalist Versus Historical Approaches|
|The Deist Option: Herbert of Cherbury|
|Demythologizing Religious History: Bernard Fontenelle|
|A Science of Religion?|
|A "New Science" of Providence: Giambattista Vico|
|Religion within the Limits of "The Science of Man": David Hume|
|The Progress of Reason and the Survival of Religion|
|Inventing Sociology: Auguste Comte|
|Evolutionary Anthropology: Edward Burnett Tylor|
|Sociogenic Theory: Emile Durkheim|
|Psychogenic Theory: Sigmund Freud|