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'I Cannot Tell How All the Lands Shall Worship...' : A Response to S.N. Balagangadhara's Study of the Understanding of 'Religion': A Response to S.N. Balagangadhara's Study of the...

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Bibliographic Details
Journal Title: Cultural Dynamics
Authors and Corporations: Pailin, David A.
In: Cultural Dynamics, 8, 1996, 2, p. 171-187
Media Type: E-Article
Language: English
SAGE Publications
Abstract: <jats:p> This paper responds to Balagangadhara's study in five ways: (1) it questions whether its justifiable comments on the problematic character of the concept of religion prove that the concept cannot be used with a global reference; (2) it suggests that the study needs a more extensive treatment of Indian traditions to elucidate its claims about them; (3) it raises the problem of cross-cultural understanding, especially where the relevant understanding is considered to be performatively practical rather than theoretically explanatory; (4) it discusses the cultural relativity of understanding with particular reference to English works of the 17th and 18th centuries; and (5) it considers the significance of suggestions about the inappropriateness of treating 'religion' as a way of classifying certain supposedly isolatable modes of thought and behaviour. </jats:p>
Physical Description: 171-187
ISSN: 0921-3740
DOI: 10.1177/092137409600800206