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Between Life and Thought

Existential Anthropology and the Study of Religion
  • By Don Seeman, Devaka Premawardhana
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Existential anthropology is an approach inspired by existential and phenomenological thought to further our understanding of the human condition. Its ethnographic methodology emphasizes embodied experience and focuses on what is at stake for people amid the contingencies, struggles, and uncertainties of everyday life. While anthropological research on religion abounds, there has been little systematic attention to the ways anthropology and religious studies might benefit from better consideration of one another or from the adoption of a shared existential perspective.

Between Life and Thought gathers leading anthropologists and religion scholars, including some of existential anthropology's most recognized advocates and thoughtful critics. The collection opens with a comprehensive introduction to phenomenology and existentialism in anthropology and religious studies, and concludes with an analysis of how existential anthropology might address the long-standing problem of constructivism and perennialism in religious studies. The chapters altogether present existential anthropology as an especially generative paradigm within which to rethink and remake both anthropology and the academic study of religion.

A timely and significant intervention across multiple areas of research, Between Life and Thought is an invaluable source for critically exploring the prospects, as well as the limits, of an anthropological approach to religion grounded in experiential ethnography and existential thought.

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    • SKU: 9781487554750
    • ISBN 13: 9781487554750
    • Publication Date: 05/17/2024
    • Format: Paperback
    • Author: Don Seeman
    • Author: Devaka Premawardhana

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