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13. Explanation and the Study of Religion


 
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1. Title Title of document 13. Explanation and the Study of Religion - Method Today
 
2. Creator Author's name, affiliation, country Egil Asprem; University of California at Santa Barbara; United States
 
2. Creator Author's name, affiliation, country Ann Taves; University of California at Santa Barbara; United States
 
3. Subject Discipline(s) Religious Studies
 
4. Subject Keyword(s) NAASR; study of religion; theological hermeneutics; theory in religion; method in religion; religious studies scholarship
 
5. Subject Subject classification Method and Theory in Religious Studies
 
6. Description Abstract This chapter argues that explanation is a necessary, but under-examined, aspect of theories of religion. The authors argue that historical impediments to explanation in our discipline can be overcome if we shift our view from “religion” in the abstract to concrete human behaviors in interaction. Drawing on contemporary discussions in the philosophy of science, they submit that a new mechanistic approach that integrates meanings, values, and intentional actions as causal factors in nested, multi-level mechanisms holds great promise for explaining the complex phenomena associated with “religion”.
 
7. Publisher Organizing agency, location Equinox Publishing Ltd
 
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9. Date (YYYY-MM-DD) 04-Sep-2018
 
10. Type Status & genre Peer-reviewed Article
 
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12. Format File format PDF
 
13. Identifier Uniform Resource Identifier https://journals.equinoxpub.com/books/article/view/34431
 
14. Identifier Digital Object Identifier 10.1558/equinox.34431
 
15. Source Journal/conference title; vol., no. (year) Equinox eBooks Publishing; Method Today
 
16. Language English=en en
 
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19. Rights Copyright and permissions Copyright 2014 Equinox Publishing Ltd