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Philosophy

Western Kentucky University

1991

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A Study On Wach's & Eliade's Approaches To Comparative Religion, Li Wang Aug 1991

A Study On Wach's & Eliade's Approaches To Comparative Religion, Li Wang

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The main viewpoints and methods of two important figures of tho "Chicago school" in the comparative study of religion, Wach and Eliade, are investigated, and then are discussed on three levels: the disciplinary, the philosophic,al, and the historical. Or the disciplinary level, their theoretical emphases and methodological characteristics are discerned. On the philosophical level, their presuppositions are classified by an "archic analysis," a scheme of one's philosophical orientation provided by Walter Watson. And on the historical level, their theories are examined against the concrete religious data of Chinese Buddhism. Finally, the conclusion is drawn from the analysis of ...