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Defining ‘religion’ and ‘polytheism’ in the study of ancient religions: how to create appropriate tools?

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  • Wed 12 Jun 2019 11.00 - 13.00
  Add to Calendar 2019-06-12 11:00 2019-06-12 13:00 Europe/Paris Defining ‘religion’ and ‘polytheism’ in the study of ancient religions: how to create appropriate tools?

Among scholars, the notion of ‘religion’ has been controversial for decades. Many discussions question the relevance of this idea as an operational concept for studying what we call ‘religions’. At first sight, the term ‘polytheism’ seems to be less problematic, but its use implies the same caution. This lecture will address the history of both words in order to assess the possibility of moving beyond their cultural determination in contemporary languages and maintaining them as useful tools for the study of ancient religions.

Sala del Torrino - Villa Salviati- Castle DD/MM/YYYY
  Sala del Torrino - Villa Salviati- Castle

Among scholars, the notion of ‘religion’ has been controversial for decades. Many discussions question the relevance of this idea as an operational concept for studying what we call ‘religions’. At first sight, the term ‘polytheism’ seems to be less problematic, but its use implies the same caution. This lecture will address the history of both words in order to assess the possibility of moving beyond their cultural determination in contemporary languages and maintaining them as useful tools for the study of ancient religions.


Location:
Sala del Torrino - Villa Salviati- Castle

Affiliation:
Department of History and Civilization

Type:
Lecture

Organiser:
Stéphane Van Damme

Contact:
Miriam Felicia Curci - Send a mail

Speaker:
Vinciane Pirenne-Delforge (Collège de France)

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