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Book: Method Today

Chapter: 15. Ontological v. Axiological Approaches to Religion

DOI: 10.1558/equinox.34433


This chapter argues that Taves and Asprem do not attend to the conceptual differences between explanatory accounts in the human sciences and those of the natural sciences. Instead, their theory reduces all phenomena, ideational or material, to a natural scientific material account of cause and effect, limiting the theory’s analytical power.

Chapter Contributors

  • Joel Harrison ( - jharrison) 'Northwestern University'