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More than belief : a materialist theory of religion

Author: Manuel A Vásquez
Publisher: Oxford ; New York : Oxford University Press, 2011.
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This book challenges the traditional idea that religions can be understood primarily as texts to be interpreted, decoded, or translated. In More Than Belief, Manuel A. Vasquez argues for a new way of studying religions, one that sees them as dynamic material and historical expressions of the practices of embodied individuals who are embedded in social fields and ecological networks. He sketches the outlines of this  Read more...
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Vásquez, Manuel A.
More than belief.
Oxford ; New York : Oxford University Press, 2011
(OCoLC)763831822
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Manuel A Vásquez
ISBN: 9780195188530 0195188535 9780195188547 0195188543
OCLC Number: 501404157
Description: 382 pages ; 25 cm
Contents: The rise of foundational dualism and the eclipse of the body --
"Body am I entirely, and nothing else": non-reductive materialism and the struggle against dualism --
Toward a materialist phenomenology of religion --
The phenomenology of embodiment and the study of religion --
Religious bodies as social artifacts --
Holding social constructionism in check: the recovery of the active, lived body --
A cultural neurophenomenology of religion: enter the embodied mind --
The eclipse of practice: textualism at large --
"Ceci n'est pas un texte": from textualism to practice --
Expanding the conversation on emplaced religion --
Mobility, networks, and ecology.
Responsibility: Manuel A. Vásquez.

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This book challenges the traditional idea that religions can be understood primarily as texts to be interpreted, decoded, or translated. In More Than Belief, Manuel A. Vasquez argues for a new way of studying religions, one that sees them as dynamic material and historical expressions of the practices of embodied individuals who are embedded in social fields and ecological networks. He sketches the outlines of this approach through a focus on body, practices, and space. In order to highlight the centrality of these dimensions of religious experience and performance, Vsquez recovers materialist currents within religious studies that have been consistently ignored or denigrated. Drawing on state-of-the-art work in fields as diverse as anthropology, sociology, philosophy, critical theory, environmental studies, cognitive psychology, and the neurosciences, Vasquez offers a groundbreaking new way of looking at religion.

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