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The Allure of Decadent ThinkingReligious Studies and the Challenge of Postmodernism$
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Carl Olson

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780199959839

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2013

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199959839.001.0001

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Responding to the Postmodern Challenge

Responding to the Postmodern Challenge

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(p.128) 7 Responding to the Postmodern Challenge
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The Allure of Decadent Thinking
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Carl Olson

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199959839.003.0007

This final chapter considers how scholars in religious studies might critically respond to the challenge posed by postmodernism's radical skeptical thought by proposing a pragmatic test that one can take to test one's findings and theories with regard to the subject of religion. This critical discussion also includes a look at the necessity of reflexivity and the place of ordinary knowledge for the study of religion in a cross-cultural context. The chapter concludes with a critical review of the science of religion and the notion of world religions.

Keywords:   postmodernism, religious studies, skepticism, reflexivity, ordinary knowledge, science of religion, world religions

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