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Liturgical Studies From A Ritual Studies Perspective

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This chapter considers the questions that are couched in terms of philosophy of science: what are the proper foundations, assumptions and implications of the academic discipline of liturgical studies that will enable it to meet the challenge presented by ritual studies? What evidence-based claims can be upheld scientifically and how can they be justified socially? To answer these questions, the chapter starts with a somewhat philosophical consideration of foundational aspects of liturgical studies. The advantage of such an approach is that it enables us to create a comprehensive order, for the sake of discourse, among the complexities that characterise a discipline such as liturgical studies. The chapter then outlines a major problem in liturgical studies: that of defining its scientific domain. To circumvent the problem the chapter finally examines the discipline from the following angles: its problem range, its disciplinary frontiers, its proper object, and its universe of discourse.

Keywords: liturgical studies; philosophy of science; ritual studies



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