Religion Dans L'histoire

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Michel Despland, Gerard Vallee, Gérard Vallée, Canadian Corporation for Studies in Religion
Wilfrid Laurier Univ. Press, Mar 3, 1992 - History - 252 pages

The history of the concept of “religion” in Western tradition has intrigued scholars for years. This important collection of eighteen essays brings further light to the ongoing debate. Three of the invited participants, W.C. Smith, M. Despland and E. Feil, has each previously written impressive books treating this subject; the last two acknowledged the impact and continuing influence of Smith’s work, The Meaning and End of Religion.

An introduction and a recapitulation of Smith’s contribution as a scholar set the stage for a retrospective look at the published literature. Contributors then examine the transformation of words (the classical religio to the modern religion), particularities of religion in nineteenth-century France, Troeltsch’s concept of religion, the study of religion from an Asian point of view and the categorization of “World Religions.” The concluding essays elaborate contemporary anthropological, cross-disciplinary, semiological, deconstructive and psychoanalytical methodological approaches to the concept and study of “religion.”

Exploring critically different aspects of the concept and study of religion, these provocative essays typically reflect the methodological pluralism currently existing in the field of Religious Studies. Of interest to scholars and students alike, this collection also contains a complete bibliography of W.C. Smith’s publications.

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Retours en arrière Part One Looking Backward
Les mots Ihistoire Part Two The Words The History
Les idées la réalité Part Three Ideas and Reality

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Michel Despland is Professor of Religion at Concordia University.

Gérard Vallée is Professor Emeritus of religious studies at McMaster University in Hamilton, Ontario. His publications include The Spinoza Conversations between Lessing and Jacobi (1988), The Shaping of Christianity 100-800 (1999), and Soundings in G.E. Lessing’s Philosophy of Religion (2000). He has been involved in the editing of the Collected Works since 1998.