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11. "The Thing itself Always Steals Away": Scholars and the Constitution of their Objects of Study

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1. Title Title of document 11. "The Thing itself Always Steals Away": Scholars and the Constitution of their Objects of Study - Constructing Data in Religious Studies
2. Creator Author's name, affiliation, country Craig Martin; St. Thomas Aquinas College; United States
3. Subject Discipline(s) Religious Studies
4. Subject Keyword(s) scholars; poststructuralism; realism; anti-realism; Jacques Derrida; Edmund Husserl
5. Subject Subject classification academic study of religion; theory of religion
6. Description Abstract Poststructuralists have long since argued that scholars constitute their objects of study, in part through the use of discourses that construct reality. Critics often argue that this sort of anti-realism entails a fundamental, dualist opposition between reality-as-it-appears-in-discourse and reality-in-itself. According to their critics, poststructuralists imagine themselves locked into a prison house of language, from which reality-in-itself is inaccessible. In this paper I argue that this critique grossly misrepresents poststructuralism, and that more careful attention to poststructuralist, anti-realist arguments is necessary before dismissing them.
7. Publisher Organizing agency, location Equinox Publishing Ltd
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9. Date (YYYY-MM-DD) 08-Oct-2019
10. Type Status & genre Peer-reviewed Article
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12. Format File format PDF
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14. Identifier Digital Object Identifier 10.1558/equinox.34176
15. Source Journal/conference title; vol., no. (year) Equinox eBooks Publishing; Constructing Data in Religious Studies
16. Language English=en En
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