Titel: Unterscheidungen der Religion
Autoren/Herausgeber: Adrian Hermann
Aus der Reihe: Critical Studies in Religion/Religionswissenschaft (CSRRW)
Ausgabe: 1. Auflage
Format: 23,7 x 16 cm
Adrian Hermann, Ph.D., is Junior Professor of Religious Studies at the University of Hamburg.
Which distinctions characterize the global discourse of religion? Adrian Hermann proposes a twofold change of perspective in the debate about the eurocentrism of the concept of ‘religion’ and the possible identification of its non-Western equivalents. He argues that the search for such equivalents should be replaced by an analysis of the emergence of hypothetical equivalences in historical processes of translation. On the basis of a distinction between theory-of-religion and discourse-theoretical approaches, Hermann describes ‘religion’ not as a phenomenon, but as a global discourse. ‘Plurality’ and ‘differentiation’ are identified as two central distinctions of religion. In light of this perspective, he investigates discourses of ‘religion’ in the context of Buddhist modernism, especially in 19th century Thailand. Drawing on Niklas Luhmann’s world society theory, Hermann concludes the study by discussing the challenges of developing a theory of modernity in Religious Studies and the possibility of writing a ‘global history of religion’.