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Meaning and Power

Stephen S. Bush

in Visions of Religion: Experience, Meaning, and Power

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
October 2014
ISBN:
9780199387403
eISBN:
9780199387427
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199387403.003.0005
Subject:
Religion, Religious Studies, Philosophy of Religion

This chapter demonstrates that meaning and power are co-implicated: one cannot be studied without the other. Clifford Geertz’s work on meaning and interpretation is valuable, but Geertz does not ... More


From Meaning to Power

Stephen S. Bush

in Visions of Religion: Experience, Meaning, and Power

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
October 2014
ISBN:
9780199387403
eISBN:
9780199387427
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199387403.003.0003
Subject:
Religion, Religious Studies, Philosophy of Religion

This chapter recounts the shift in religious studies from the paradigm of interpretation to the paradigm of power. Karl Marx, Max Weber, and Friedrich Nietzsche all had important things to say about ... More


From Experience to Meaning

Stephen S. Bush

in Visions of Religion: Experience, Meaning, and Power

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
October 2014
ISBN:
9780199387403
eISBN:
9780199387427
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199387403.003.0002
Subject:
Religion, Religious Studies, Philosophy of Religion

This chapter recounts the twentieth-century shift in the study of religion from experiential theories of religion to interpretive ones. The key assumptions of the experiential vision, as found in the ... More


. Adaptation and Humanity's Appetite for Wonder

Robert C. Fuller

in Wonder: From Emotion to Spirituality

Published in print:
2006
Published Online:
July 2014
ISBN:
9780807829950
eISBN:
9781469605593
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of North Carolina Press
DOI:
10.5149/9780807889909_fuller.8
Subject:
Religion, Religious Studies

This chapter explores how experiences of wonder may evoke moods and attitudes that serve the adaptive needs of the wider community and lead to what may well be humanity's highest levels of ... More


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