Interrogating the Comparative Method: Whither, Why, and How?1
AbstractThis essay seeks to illuminate the problematics, methods, and dynamics of comparison by interrogating how certain analytical categories in the study of religion, such as scripture and the body, can be fruitfully reimagined through a comparative analysis of their Hindu and Jewish instantiations. I consider a range of issues that are critical to any productive comparative study, and I reflect more specifically on the principal components of my own comparative method in light of Oliver Freiberger’s analytical framework: the goals of comparative analysis; the modes of comparison; the parameters that define the scope and the scale of the comparative inquiry; and the operations involved in the comparative process, beginning with selection of the specific traditions and analytical categories to be addressed and formulation of the organizational design of the study and culminating in the re-visioned categories and models in the study of religion that constitute the fruits of the comparative inquiry. View Full-Text
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Holdrege, B.A. Interrogating the Comparative Method: Whither, Why, and How?1. Religions 2018, 9, 58.
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Holdrege, Barbara A. 2018. "Interrogating the Comparative Method: Whither, Why, and How?1." Religions 9, no. 2: 58.
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