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Meta-philosophy of religion : the analytic-continental divide in philosophy of religion

Trakakis, Nick 2007, Meta-philosophy of religion : the analytic-continental divide in philosophy of religion, Ars disputandi : The online journal for philosophy of religion, vol. 7, no. 7, pp. 1-42.

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Title Meta-philosophy of religion : the analytic-continental divide in philosophy of religion
Author(s) Trakakis, Nick
Journal name Ars disputandi : The online journal for philosophy of religion
Volume number 7
Issue number 7
Start page 1
End page 42
Publisher Igitur, Utrecht Publishing & Archiving Services
Place of publication Utrecht, The Netherlands
Publication date 2007-10-17
ISSN 1566-5399
1572-8684
Keyword(s) meta-philosophy
John Caputo
Alvin Plantinga
continental philosophy
analytic philosophy
Summary How is the philosophical study of religion best pursued? Responses to this meta-philosophical question tend to recapitulate the analytic-Continental divide in philosophy in general. My aim is to examine the nature of this divide, particularly as it has manifested itself in the philosophy of religion. I begin with a comparison of the stylistic differences in the language of the two traditions, taking the work of Alvin Plantinga and John Caputo as exemplars of the analytic and Continental schools respectively. In order to account for these stylistic divergences, however, it is necessary to delve further into meta-philosophy. I go on to show how each philosophical school models itself on different theoretical practices, the analytic school mimicking the scientific style of inquiry, while in Continental philosophy it is the arts and humanities rather than the sciences that provide the model for philosophical discourse. By situating themselves in such different genres,  analytic and Continental philosophers have developed contrasting, if not mutually exclusive, methods for pursuing the philosophy of religion.
Language eng
Field of Research 160699 Political Science not elsewhere classified
HERDC Research category C1.1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30022120

Document type: Journal Article
Collection: School of International and Political Studies
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