The Importance of Aurobindo for the Contemporary Study of Religion

Location: OCHS Library
Speaker: Brainerd Prince
Date: February 8, 2012
Time: 14:00 to 15:30

The contemporary academic study of religion, dominated by both a call for the abandonment of the category ‘Religion’ and the dismantling of the discipline of Religious Studies, is thus faced with an impasse. In this paper, I explore the conditions that have brought about this impasse and argue that Aurobindo’s integralism offers a way forward. Brainerd Prince is completing his PhD on Sri Aurobindo’s Integral Philosophy under Professor Gavin Flood. He has interests in phenomenology and hermeneutics and in reconceiving the academic study of religion.