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The Science of Religion and the Sociology of Knowledge

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Ambitiously undertaking to develop a strategy for making the study of religion "scientific," Ninian Smart tackles a set of interrelated issues that bear importantly on the status of religion as an academic discipline. He draws a clear distinction between studying religion and "doing theology," and considers how phenomenological method may be used in investigating objects of religious attitudes without presupposing the existence of God or gods. He goes on to criticize projectionist theories of religion (notably Berger's) and theories of rationality in both religion and anthropology. On this basis he builds a theory of religious dynamics which gives religious ideas and entities an autonomous place in the sociology of knowledge. His overall purpose is thus "to indicate ways forward in the study of religion which free it from being crypto-apologetics or elevating poetry." Originally published in 1973. The Princeton Legacy Library uses the latest print-on-demand technology to again make available previously out-of-print books from the distinguished backlist of Princeton University Press.
These paperback editions preserve the original texts of these important books while presenting them in durable paperback editions. The goal of the Princeton Legacy Library is to vastly increase access to the rich scholarly heritage found in the thousands of books published by Princeton University Press since its founding in 1905.

The Science of Religion and the Sociology of Knowledge by Ninian Smart was published by Princeton University Press in May 2016. The ISBN for The Science of Religion and the Sociology of Knowledge is 9780691637921.

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Page last updated 12th August 2016
Author / Artist
Book FormatHardback
PublisherPrinceton University Press (May 2016)
Weight299g
Number of Pages174
Thickness11 mm
Height203 mm
Width127 mm
ISBN9780691637921
ISBN-10069163792X
Product Code4450530
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