Title

Pragmatism and naturalism in religious studies

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

6-27-2011

Abstract

Given the close relationship between pragmatism and naturalism, incorporation of the former into religious studies methodology might seem to privilege the latter. I question this intuition by examining dimensions of pragmatism which suggest that it is more amenable to theism, and less closely tied to naturalism, than many suppose. Pragmatism encourages theoretical openness and reflectivity, which militate against exclusively privileging any particular philosophical perspective. Pragmatism's most valuable contribution to methodology is the endorsement of a methodological pluralism that relativizes naturalism as one among numerous viable approaches to religious studies. © 2011 Brill.

Publication Name

Method and Theory in the Study of Religion

Volume Number

23

First Page

83

Last Page

102

Issue Number

2

DOI

10.1163/157006811X567706

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