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The Copernican Turn in the Study of Religion

King, Richard (2013) The Copernican Turn in the Study of Religion. Method and Theory in the Study of Religion, 25 (2). pp. 137-159. ISSN 0943- 3058. (doi:10.1163/15700682-12341280) (Access to this publication is currently restricted. You may be able to access a copy if URLs are provided)

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Contemporary theoretical debates within the study of religion reflect the impact of a range of critical theories inspired by feminist, poststructuralist, postcolonial and "queer" perspectives on the field. Much of this work reflects a radicalization of a post-Kantian notion of the social con-struction of reality. It is argued that such theories represent an unfolding of the social and cultural implications of the Kantian epistemological project and reflects a similar "Copernican Turn" involving the recognition that the object of study--"religion," is a construct reflecting the meth-odological and theoretical assumptions of the researcher. The article then offers a postcolonial critique of mainstream "secularist" historiographies of the field and argues for an alternative model for understanding the history and future of the field of the comparative study of religion, grounded in the practice of comparative cultural critique and commentary on dominant models of modernity.

Item Type: Article
DOI/Identification number: 10.1163/15700682-12341280
Uncontrolled keywords: Copernican turn critical religion critical theory cultural critique historiography postcolonial secularism social construction Theology & Religious Studies western exceptionalism
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BL Religion
Divisions: Faculties > Humanities > School of European Culture and Languages > Religious Studies
Depositing User: Richard King
Date Deposited: 21 May 2013 10:27 UTC
Last Modified: 29 May 2019 10:12 UTC
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