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브루스 링컨의 종교연구 방법 테제 분석
An Analysis of Bruce Lincoln’s “Theses on Method” for the Study of Religion

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Authors
김윤성
Issue Date
2015-12
Publisher
서울대학교 종교문제연구소
Citation
종교와 문화, Vol.29, pp. 1-50
Keywords
브루스 링컨「방법에 관한 테제들」비판적 종교연구학문명칭종교 정의문화상대주의Bruce Lincoln"Theses on Method"the critical study of religionacademic nomenclaturedefinition of religioncultural relativism
Abstract
This article analyses Bruce Lincoln’s “Theses on Method” for the study of religion. Since Lincoln published “Theses onMethod” twenty years ago, it has a great influence on many who seek a new method and theory for studying religion, especially on those who pursue the critical study of religion. As Lincoln is one of the leading scholars in the critical study of religion, an analysis of his theses elucidates some traits of this critical trend. For this, preparatorily, I look into the background why Lincoln wrote those theses. And then I examine three topics abstracted from several of those theses: First, the problem of academic nomenclature of the study of religion. I examine why Lincoln questions the previous usages of the term “history of religions;” Second, the problem of defining religion. I examine how Lincoln’s definition of religion differs from other classical definitions; Third, the problem of cultural relativism. I examine what does Lincoln’s criticism on some limitations of cultural relativism intends. Through these works, I suggest the necessity of adopting some motivations and aims of the critical study of religion into the academic context of the study of religion in Korea.
ISSN
1976-7900
Language
Korean
URI
http://hdl.handle.net/10371/162653
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College of Humanities (인문대학)Religious Studies (종교학과)종교와 문화(Religion and Culture)종교와 문화(Religion and Culture) 28/29호(2015)
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