Publication highlights (Q4 2023): “Diversifying Philosophy of Religion: Critiques, Methods and Case Studies”, edited by Nathan R. B. Loewen and Agnieszka Rostalska

Much philosophical thinking about religion in the Anglophone world has been hampered by the constraints of Eurocentrism, colonialism and orientalism. Addressing such limitations head-on, this exciting collection develops models for exploring global diversity in order to bring philosophical studies of religion into the globalized 21st century.

Drawing on a wide range of critical theories and methodologies, and incorporating ethnographic, feminist, computational, New Animist and cognitive science approaches, an international team of contributors outline the methods and aims of global philosophy of religion. From considering the importance of orality in African worldviews to interacting with Native American perspectives on the cosmos and investigating contemplative studies in Hinduism, each chapter demonstrates how expertise in different methods can be applied to various geographical regions, building constructive options for philosophical reflections on religion.

Diversifying Philosophy of Religion raises important questions regarding who speaks for and represents religious traditions, setting the agenda for a truly inclusive philosophy of religion that facilitates multiple standpoints.

Publication details

Edited by Nathan R. B. Loewen and Agnieszka Rostalska

Published: June 29, 2023

ISBN: 9781350264007

Publisher: Bloomsbury Academic

Series: Expanding Philosophy of Religion

Table of Contents

List of Figures
Notes on Contributors

Introduction, Nathan Loewen and Agnieszka Rostalska

Part I. Critique and Methods
1. Deprovincializing Philosophy of Religion: from “Faith and Reason” to the Postcolonial Revaluation of Religious Epistemologies, Jacob Sherman
2. Postcolonialism and the Question of Global-Critical Philosophy of Religion, Andrew Irvine and Purushottama Bilimoria
3. Why Philosophers of Religion Don’t Need “Religion”- At Least Not for Now, Tim Knepper
4. Re-envisioning Philosophy of Religion from a Feminist Perspective, Morny Joy
5. Is Philosophy of Religion Racist?, Sonia Sikka
6. Philosophy of Religion beyond Belief: Thinking with Anthropology’s New Animists, Lisa Landoe-Hedrick
7. Theory and Method in the Philosophy of Religion in China’s Song-Dynasty, Leah Kalmanson
8. The Theory and Practice of the Multi-Entry Approach, Gereon Kopf
9. Comparison of Religious Ideas in Philosophy of Religion, Robert Neville
10. The Relevance of Scriptures, Steve Smith

Part II. Case Studies
11. Ethnographically Informed Philosophy of Religion in a Study of Assamese Goddess Worship, Mikel Burley
12. Praxis, Louis Komjathy
13. Nishida Kitaro’s ‘I and Thou’ through the Work of Jessica Benjamin: Toward the Issue of Equality, Mayuko Uehara
14. The Nguni traditional ‘religious’ thoughts: The Isintu philosophy of the Zulu/Ndebele, Herbert Moyo
15. Approaching a Lakota Philosophy of Religion, Fritz Detwiler
16. Yasukuni, Okinawa and Fukushima: Philosophy of Sacrifice in the Nuclear Age, Ching-Yuen Cheung
17. Technology and the Spiritual: From Prayer Bots to the Singularity, Yvonne Förster
18. Can you see the seer? Approaching Consciousness from an Advaita Vedanta Perspective , Varun Khanna
19. The Danger in Diversifying Philosophy of Religion, Kevin Schilbrack