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Heterophenomenology as Self-Knowledge

Issue: Vol 41 No. 3 (2012)

Journal: Bulletin for the Study of Religion

Subject Areas: Religious Studies Buddhist Studies Islamic Studies Biblical Studies

DOI: 10.1558/bsor.v41i3.6


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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