Dictionary of Religion and Philosophy

Dictionary of Religion and Philosophy

Dictionary of Religion and Philosophy

Dictionary of Religion and Philosophy

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The primary focus of this dictionary is on religious studies. Since any serious study of religion entails some understanding of the philosophical implicates of religious beliefs and practices, many entries relate to philosophical issues and the thinkers who have addressed them, ranging from Plato and Kant to William James and Charles Peirce. While the entries and the bibliographies at the end of the book include a wide spectrum of religions associated with the Orient, such as the Hindu, Buddhist, Jain, Sikh, Zorōastrian, and Islamic traditions, an emphasis will be found on the Judeo- Christian tradition. This emphasis is warranted not only because it is the tradition that predominates in the West, to which most readers of the book are likely to belong, but also because many of us in the West often do not know our own tradition as well as do others looking at it from outside.

A dictionary such as this is a practical tool. It is designed for serious students, whether working for a university degree or simply enriching and enlarging their understanding of the intellectual and cultural worlds around them. It is the student's personal desk companion, a reliable and comprehensive source of information that will be consulted more than occasionally in academic and other intellectual pursuits. For a special project and more extensive research, the student may need to consult a multivolume encyclopedia far too expensive for the majority of individuals to acquire, such as The Encyclopedia of Religion, under the general editorship ofMircea Eliade, 17 vols. (New York: Macmillan, 1987). Highly specialized works may also be helpful for particular projects, such as Harper's Dictionary of Hinduism (New York: Harper & Row, 1977) and The Oxford Dictionary of the Christian Church (2nd edition), edited byF. L. Cross andE. A. Livingstone (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1974, revised 1977).

While the entries include a large number that are philosophical rather than religious, these entries have mostly a direct bearing on the serious study of religious concerns, such as Meaning and . . .

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