Lecture 3_RS145

Lecture 3_RS145 - Religious Studies 145 Lecture 3...

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Religious Studies 145 Lecture 3_4/7/09 Comparative Analysis as a critical method : the 4 modes of comparison—none are satisfactory but we cannot do without comparison because it is inextricable from human thought and progress—we are always engaging in the comparative process. What do we learn about traditions by juxtaposing them? Jewish and Hindu traditions represent a certain kind of “species” of religious tradition Past studies have been a “cut and paste” method—taking examples from many different traditions and then trying to grasp the central underscored meaning—the universal structure underlying a specific tradition or symbol—this has been challenge because they are grabbing from anywhere and dislodging those examples from their original framework (ex: Eliade’s study of snake symbolism) WHY DO WE WANT TO STUDY COMPARATIVE RELIGION? Comparative analysis as a critical method The process of comparison is THE method of scholarship The structure and critique on our categories and models=we need comparison to continue
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This note was uploaded on 10/12/2009 for the course RS ST 145 taught by Professor Holdrege during the Spring '09 term at UCSB.

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Lecture 3_RS145 - Religious Studies 145 Lecture 3...

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