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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

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

Carl Olson

Oxford University Press

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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