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Book: Contemporary Views on Comparative Religion

Chapter: 14. Claims for a Plurality of Knowledges in the Comparative Study of Religions

DOI: 10.1558/equinox.28101


My concern in this paper is with the suggestions that the study of religion in the modern research university context must be open to a ‘plurality of knowledges.’ Such ‘knowledges,’ I argue, are ‘alien’ to the academy and that the only legitimate knowledge concerning religions in that context is scientific knowledge of the kind sought by the natural and social sciences, namely, intersubjectively testable propositional knowledge (empirical and theoretical) about religious thought, practice, and behaviour.

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  • Donald Wiebe ( - donwiebe) 'University of Toronto'