Religious Experience and Phenomenology

Knibbe, K. & van Houtert, E., 5-Sep-2018, The International Encyclopedia of Anthropology. Callan, H. (ed.). Wiley, p. 1-10 10 p.

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Religious experience and the experiential dimension of religious practice have come to constitute a fruitful area of enquiry for anthropology. This entry discusses the phenomenological school of philosophy as a source for the anthropology of religion. Concepts from this school that have been taken up within the anthropology of religion, such as bracketing, intentionality, embodiment, and lifeworld, are explained. The work of anthropologists who have pioneered the application of phenomenological approaches in the anthropology of religion is discussed. The entry briefly indicates how anthropological applications of phenomenology differ from phenomenological approaches in the field of religious studies. Finally, some new developments in the study of religious experience are outlined.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationThe International Encyclopedia of Anthropology
EditorsHillary Callan
Number of pages10
ISBN (Electronic)9781118924396
ISBN (Print)9780470657225
Publication statusPublished - 5-Sep-2018

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