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Religious experience in psychology, anthropology and sociology Lecture 1: Anthropology of religion and the religious imagination

OCHS Library
Dr Jessica Frazier
Friday, 13 February 2009 - 10:00am

Many of the canonical names in anthropology have been criticised for their literary style and their tendency towards evocative narrative. Here we argue that this is not a methodological weakness, but the autonomous development of a conception of understanding in terms of imaginative empathy and inter-subjectivity, which parallels hermeneutic philosophy. Religious experiences are literally recreated in the reader, forming an intimate bond between the scholar and his or her subject.