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Title: Response : passionate about Buddhism : contesting theories of emotion
Author/Creator: Volney Patrick Gay

Description: Do religious traditions produce emotions unique to specific cultural contexts? Answering in the affirmative are variations of constructionism typically associated with postmodernism; answering in the negative are variations of evolutionary psychology. Postmodernism and evolutionary psychology define the extremes of an explanatory continuum on which we can locate theory and research in religious studies. Concerned with both humanistic exploration of distinctiveness and the social science drive to find commonanalities, religious studies occupies a liminal space in the academy. The benefits of being liminal include the capacity to elucidate the nuances of otherwise unknown texts and traditions and to challenge the West with competing notions of being human. Among the costs of being liminal is our common failure to designate how we might be wrong. Nevertheless, I cite Spinoza and affirm the value of religious studies as a discipline that challenges those not caught "betwixt and between."

Publisher Place: Philadelphia, PA
Publisher: American Academy of Religion (AAR)
Normalized publisher place: Philadelphia, PA
Publisher country: United States
Publisher URL: http://www.aarweb.org/
Published Date: 2003-09
Extent: v. : ill. ; 9 p. ; 24-26 cm.
Subject: Emotions
Evolutionary psychology
Religious studies
Classification: Buddhism and Science -- Related Humanities -- Philosophy
Cultural Coverage: United States
Temporal coverage: 21st century CE
Language: English
Source: Journal of the American Academy of Religion
Source Editor: Glenn E. Yocum
Source Type: Journal
Source Volume: 71
Source Number: 3
Source Page Numbers: 605-613
Start Date: 1967-03
Frequency of publication: Quarterly
Submissions: See Information for Authors
ISBN/ISSN: 0002-7189

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Date Record Checked: 2004-05-25
Date Last Modified: 2005-12-19 10:49:18
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