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Engaging Philosophies of Religion: Thinking Across Boundaries

Gereon Kopf

How can philosophy of religion become more diverse in content and method? How can we take a multiplicity of stories into account and teach a truly inclusive philosophy of religion?

This edited collection invites us to rethink philosophy of religion by offering 18 distinct approaches to teaching philosophy of religion. Engaging texts and thinkers from multiple traditions and standpoints, it constructs a method and terminology of philosophy of religion and presents an opportunity to change philosophy of religion at a fundamental level.

Each chapter outlines a framework for approaching religion within a tradition: monotheism in Christianity, Insan-ity in Akbari Sufism, Qi in Daoism, embodiment in neuroscience, naturalism in the atheism debates, and non-territorialism located in 19th century debates on cartography. Drawing from religions and philosophies from around the world and across history, contributors take care to stress the philosophical systems that metaphysical and moral truths belong to. Guided by the principle that traditions are not monolithic but diverse, and categories such as "indigenous religions" are political rather than descriptive in nature, they acknowledge historical context shapes the development of any philosophical system.

It is now openly acknowledged that if we do not change the underlying framework of the way we do philosophy of religion, we will always create subalterns. Promoting active interaction, this innovative and forward-looking collection points to a new way of dong philosophy of religion.

Book Details

  • Publisher: Bloomsbury Academic
  • Publish Date: Jan 23rd, 2025
  • Pages: 384
  • Language: English
  • Dimensions: 9.21in - 6.14in - 1.00in - 1.00lb
  • EAN: 9781350348868
  • Categories: Religious

About the Author

Simmons, J. Aaron: - J. Aaron Simmons is Professor of Philosophy at Furman University, USA.
Schilbrack, Kevin: - Kevin Schilbrack is Professor and Chair of the Department of Philosophy and Religion at Appalachian State University, USA.
Loewen, Nathan R. B.: - Nathan R. B. Loewen is Associate Professor in the Department of Religious Studies at the University of Alabama, USA.