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Postcolonial Philosophy of Religion

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These essays analyze contemporary problems in the Philosophy of Religion in a historical context. They take the opportunity to correct Eurocentric biases that distort knowledge not only of religions from beyond the West, but of the West's own traditions.

The present collection of writings on postcolonial philosophy of religion takes its origins from a Philosophy of Religion session during the 1996 Annual Meeting of the American Academy of Religion held in New Orleans. Three presentations, by Purushottama Bilimoria, Andrew B. Irvine, and Bhibuti Yadav, were to be offered at the session, with Thomas Dean presiding and Kenneth Surin responding. (Yadav, unfortunately could not be present because of illness. ) This was the ?rst AAR session ever to examine issues in the study of religion under the rubric of the postcolonial turn in academia. Interest at the session was intense. For instance, Richard King, then at work on the manuscriptof the landmark Orientalism and Religion, was present; so, too, was Paul J. Grif?ths, whose s- sequent work on interreligious engagement has been so noteworthy. In response to numerous audience appeals, revised versions of the presentations eventually were published, as a "Dedicated Symposium on 'Subalternity'," in volume 39 no. 1 (2000) of Sophia, the international journal for philosophy of religion, metaphysical theology and ethics. Since that time, the importance of the nexus of religion and the postcolonial has become increasingly patent not only to philosophers of religion but to students of religion across the range of disciplines and methodologies. The increased inter- tionalization of the program of the American Academy of Religion, especially in more recent years, is a signi?cant outgrowth of this transformation in conscio- ness among students of religion.


Andrew B. Irvine is Assistant Professor of Philosophy at Maryville College, Maryville, Tennessee. His publications include articles on Latin American liberation theology, theology and neuroscience, and theology and political philosophy.

Purushottama Bilimoria is Professor of Philosophy and Comparative Studies at Deakin University in Australia and Senior Research Fellow, University of Melbourne; Visiting Professor at State University of New York (Stony Brook), and Columbia University. His areas of specialist research and publications cover classical Indian philosophy and comparative ethics; Continental thought; cross-cultural philosophy of religion, diaspora studies; bioethics, and personal law in India.


The essays in this volume take up the history of philosophy of religion and contemporary problems within the discipline. They pursue these tasks as opportunities to correct Eurocentric biases that distort knowledge not only of religions originating beyond the West, but of the West's own traditions.

This is the first collection of its kind. The contributions re-examine colonial experience in India and the Americas, offering discussion of broad methodological issues, critical re-readings of influential Western interpreters of religion, and arguments that explore blindspots and insights typical of colonial difference when viewed through "non-Western" eyes.

The volume is aimed at advanced undergraduates, graduate students, and professional scholars in philosophy, religion, and related fields. Readers will benefit from its broad coverage of regions, traditions and problems, and the balance of philosophical critique and reconstruction.

Preface; Robert Cummings Neville.- Introduction; Purushottama Bilimoria and Andrew B. Irvine.- Surveying the Scene.- 1. A Subaltern/Postcolonial Critique of the Comparative Philosophy of Religion; Purushottama Bilimoria.- 2. Uneasy Intersections: Postcolonialism, Feminism, and the Study of Religions; Grace M. Jantzen.- 3. Philosophy of Religion as Border Control: Globalization and the Decolonization of the Love of Wisdom (philosophia); Richard King.- 4. The Third Eye and Two Ways of (Un)knowing: Gnosis, Alternative Modernities, and Postcolonial Futures; Makarand Paranjape.- 'India'.- 5. Mispredicated Identity and Postcolonial Discourse; Bibhuti S. Yadav.- 6. On the Death of the Pilgrim: The Postcolonial Hermeneutics of Jarava Lal Mehta; Thomas B. Ellis.- 7. Western Idealism Through Indian Eyes: A Cittamitra Reading of Berkeley, Kant and Schopenhauer; Jay L. Garfield.- 8. An Approximate Difference: Proximity and Oppression in the West's Encounter with Sikhism; Navdeep Mandair.- 9. Max Müller and Textual Management: A Postcolonial Perspective; Sharada Sugirtharajah.- 10. The Orientalism of E B Havell; Debashish Banerji.- 'America'.- 11. The Meaning and Function of Religion in an Imperial World; Nelson Maldonado-Torres.- 12. Cultural Participation and Postcoloniality: A U.S. Case Study; Andrew B. Irvine.- 13. Imperial Somatics and Genealogies of Religion: How We Never Became Secular; Eduardo Mendieta.- 14. Post-Colonial Contribution to the Jewish Conception of 'the Other' in Postmodern/Multicultural/Subaltern Americas; Santiago H. Slabodsky.- 15. The Enduring Enchantment: The Epistemic Privilege of Modernity, and Where to Go from Here; Walter D. Mignolo.- Response and Afterword; Kenneth Surin.- Index.


Titel: Postcolonial Philosophy of Religion
EAN: 9789400791770
ISBN: 9400791771
Format: Kartonierter Einband
Herausgeber: Springer Netherlands
Anzahl Seiten: 364
Gewicht: 552g
Größe: H235mm x B155mm x T19mm
Jahr: 2014
Auflage: 2009