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Reforming Philosophy of Religion: Some Methodological Cautions

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Kevin Schilbrack’s Philosophy and the Study of Religion: A Manifesto proposes to reform the traditional Philosophy of Religion by reference to three goals that it should have. In pursuit of those goals he argues for a pair of hierarchical two-stage methodologies. I argue that there are tensions between his defence of these methodologies and the philosophical apparatus he brings to bear in explicating the goals themselves.

Affiliations: 1: Mount Royal University Calgary Canada


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