The Invention of World Religions: Or, How European Universalism Was Preserved in the Language of Pluralism

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The idea of "world religions" expresses a vague commitment to multiculturalism. Not merely a descriptive concept, "world religions" is actually a particular ethos, a pluralist ideology, a logic of classification, and a form of knowledge that has shaped the study of religion and infiltrated ordinary language. In this ambitious study, Tomoko Masuzawa examines the emergence of "world religions" in modern European thought. Devoting particular attention to the relation between the comparative study of language and the nascent ...

The Invention of World Religions: Or, How European Universalism Was Preserved in the Language of Pluralism 2005, University of Chicago Press, Chicago, IL

ISBN-13: 9780226509891

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