An Unnatural History of Religions: Academia, Post-Truth and the Quest for Scientific Knowledge

Cover page -- Halftitle page -- Series page -- Title page -- Copyright page -- Dedication -- Contents -- Figures and Tables -- Preface: Ghosts, Post- truth Despair and Brandolini's Law -- Acknowledgements -- Note on Text -- 1 An Incoherent Contradiction -- A geological divide -- Mapping the pro...

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Main Author: Ambasciano, Leonardo (Author)
Format: Electronic Book
Language:English
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Published: London Bloomsbury Publishing PLC 2018
Series/Journal:Scientific Studies of Religion: Inquiry and Explanation Ser
Online Access: Volltext (Aggregator)
Parallel Edition:Print version: Ambasciano, Leonardo: An Unnatural History of Religions : Academia, Post-Truth and the Quest for Scientific Knowledge. - London : Bloomsbury Publishing PLC,c2018. - 9781350062382
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Summary:Cover page -- Halftitle page -- Series page -- Title page -- Copyright page -- Dedication -- Contents -- Figures and Tables -- Preface: Ghosts, Post- truth Despair and Brandolini's Law -- Acknowledgements -- Note on Text -- 1 An Incoherent Contradiction -- A geological divide -- Mapping the problematique -- Maps, compasses and bricks -- Sui generis crisis -- The arms race of natural theology -- 2 The Deep History of Comparison -- A rusty toolbox -- Birth certificate(s): Ultimate origins -- A preliminary note on imperialism, postmodernism and science -- Rationality as cumulative by- product of comparison: From Jean Bodin to Edward Burnett Tylor -- Enter comparative mythology: Friedrich Max Müller -- Triumph and dissolution of comparison: James George Frazer -- Whodunnit? -- Shape of things to come -- 3 The Darwinian Road Not Taken -- 'The greatest historian of all time' -- The threat of a scientific and comparative study of religion -- The Origin of Species , 1859: Breaking the chain of being -- The Descent of Man , 1871: Degrees, not kinds -- The Rubicon: Max Müller versus Darwin -- Ladders, progress and pithecophobia -- Original sin -- 4 Goodbye Science -- The theory of everything -- A scientific theology? William Robertson Smith's 'dual life' -- Smith's heretical accommodationism, 1880s -- The end of the Victorian science of religion -- Birth certificate(s): HoR's proximate origins -- Netherlands, 1860s: Tiele's (tentative) science of religion -- Netherlands, 1870s: Chantepie's theological reaction -- Netherlands, 1930s: van der Leeuw's re-confessionalization -- Germany, 1890s: 'Cultural circles', geography and reactionary politics -- Austria and Switzerland, 1900s-1950s: Schmidt's apologetic history of religion -- Schmidt's legacy: The strategic rescue of Andrew Lang's High Gods as an early home run for post-truth
Italy, 1910s-1950s: Pettazzoni's revolutionary rebuttal -- Italy, 1920s-1930s: Pettazzoni's two-fold gamble -- 1950: The foundation of the IAHR and the defeat of science -- 5 Eliadology -- Neither with you nor without you: Mircea Eliade -- Eliade, 1920s-1980s: From Romanian post-truth to American New Age -- The sacred from the Stone Age to the present and back again -- Schmidt's 'stupendous learning and industry' -- An epistemic twilight: Pseudoscience and esotericism -- Shamanism, 1200s-1800s: Heretics, noble savages, (super)heroes -- Shamanism, 1937-1946: Eliadean superpowers -- Shamanism, 1951-1970s: the Eliadean synthesis -- Resolving 'The problem of shamanism': An unwarranted answer to a non-existent question -- 6 The Demolition of the Status Quo -- Point of (k)no(w) return: The politics of the Eliadean HoR -- Sexist biases and gender issues: Eliade's tunnel vision -- Dismantling homo religiosus : Rita M. Gross -- Dismantling the Eliadean research programme: Henry Pernet -- Dismantling the primacy of shamanism: Mac Linscott Ricketts -- Dismantling phenomenological morphology: Ioan P. Culianu -- Dismantling classification: Jonathan Z. Smith -- Dismantling right-wing ideology: Bruce Lincoln -- New generations, poststructuralism and Religious Studies -- Be careful what you wish for: Postmodernism -- From Deconstruction to New Realism -- 7 The Cognitive (R)evolution: The End? -- Post-truth rules -- What is science, anyway? -- Forgotten forerunners: Baldwin's evolutionary epistemology -- Forgotten forerunners: Harrison's evolutionary psychology -- Forgotten forerunners: Macalister's invention of tradition -- Disappearing without a trace -- The Dark Ages: Psychoanalysis, behaviourism and cultural anthropology -- Modern trail-blazers, 1950s-1990s: The slow Renaissance of science -- Cognition, 2000s: Back to a natural history of religion
Cognition, 2010s: More than meets the eye -- Learning from your mistakes: The usefulness of scientific 'false views' -- A short-lived success? The inevitable rise of 'false facts' -- Epilogue: The Night of Pseudoscience -- Notes -- Bibliography -- Index
ISBN:1350062391