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Ten Implications of Semantic Holism for Theories of Religion

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This article proposes ten theses on the impact of semantic holism (an important philosophical view of meaning) on theories of religion. We argue that, if correct, semantic holism imposes metatheoretical constraints on the nature of such theories, theoretical constraints on the way that “religion” must be characterized, and methodological constraints on the way that religious phenomena must be analyzed.

Affiliations: 1: Department of Humanities, Mount Royal College, Email:; 2: Department of Humanities, Mount Royal College, Email:


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