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Aesthetics and Analysis in Writing on Religion
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This book addresses a fundamental dilemma in religious studies. Exploring the tension between humanistic and social scientific approaches to thinking and writing about religion, Daniel Gold develops a line of argument that begins with the aesthetics of academic writing in the field. He shows that successful writers on religion employ characteristic aesthetic strategies in communicating their visions of human truths. Gold examines these strategies with regard to epistemology and to the study of religion as a collective endeavor.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
  2. pp. 1-1
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  1. Title Page, Copyright
  2. pp. i-iv
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. v-viii
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  1. Acknowledgments
  2. pp. ix-x
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  1. Introduction: Modern Dilemmas in Writing on Religion
  2. pp. 1-10
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  1. PART ONE: Ambivalent Feelings
  2. pp. 11-14
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  1. 1. Fascinated Scientists and Empathizing Theologians
  2. pp. 15-22
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  1. 2. Finding Middle Grounds
  2. pp. 23-42
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  1. PART TWO: The Art of Writing on Religion
  2. pp. 43-46
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  1. 3. A Creative Process
  2. pp. 47-55
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  1. 4. Other Scholars’ UFOs
  2. pp. 56-68
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  1. 5. The Religiohistorical Sublime
  2. pp. 69-92
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  1. PART THREE: Two Truths
  2. pp. 93-96
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  1. 6. Relating Stories about Religious Traditions
  2. pp. 97-112
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  1. 7. Aesthetic Objects and Objective Knowledge
  2. pp. 113-124
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  1. PART FOUR: Working Together
  2. pp. 125-130
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  1. 8. Interpreting Anew and Alone: Vision and Succession in Dutch Phenomenology
  2. pp. 131-142
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  1. 9. Explaining Together: The Excitement of Diffusionist Ideas
  2. pp. 143-188
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  1. 10. Interpreting Together: The Cambridge Ritualists’ Affair of the Intellect
  2. pp. 189-210
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  1. 11. Concepts of Collectivity and the Fabric of Religiohistorical Knowledge
  2. pp. 211-228
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  1. Afterword: The Future of Modern Dilemmas
  2. pp. 229-238
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  1. Notes
  2. pp. 239-286
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  1. Frequently Cited Sources
  2. pp. 287-296
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 297-304
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