Heterophenomenology as Self-Knowledge
Issue: Vol 41 No. 3 (2012)
Journal: Bulletin for the Study of Religion
This article argues that, far from being an ideal and unverifiable action of "eidetic vision" the phenomenology of religion, or, more accurately, the heterophenomenology which is its proper end, is a communicative event that is well within the bounds of rational discourse. This has certain potential implications for the pedagogy of religious studies. One possible way of teaching is to employ the means of understanding the other via the phenomenology of religion as ultimately a means of understanding the self.
Author: Bryan Rennie
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