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Book: Method Today

Chapter: 22. Subjectivity and Meaning

DOI: 10.1558/equinox.34440


In this essay, I argue that answering “no” to Kevin Schilbrack’s second question—“Does
interpretation require access to people’s mental states?”—should not lead scholars to overlook the importance of subjectivity in a hermeneutic approach to religious studies. Drawing on the thought of Martin Heidegger, I contend that giving an account of subjectivity is necessary for understanding the dynamic ways in which norms operate within human communities and for articulating the grounds of scholarly critique.

Chapter Contributors

  • Joshua Lupo ( - jlupo) 'Florida State University'