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Hindu Views of the Self and its Goals – Four Theories

Hinduism and Theory: Key Critical Themes Series
OCHS Library
Dr Jessica Frazier
Friday, 14 February 2014 - 2:00pm to 3:00pm

Drawing on Clifford Geertz's understanding of religion as a 'worldview', the seminar series explore key themes in Hinduism and looks at the way in which crucial conceptual 'translations' are needed to understand Hindu culture properly from without, and asks whether it is possible to derive critical and hermeneutic 'theory' in religious studies from Indic material. One of the goals will be to challenge the hegemony of Western-derived 'theories' of religion, culture, and human nature.