An eliminativist theory of religion

Research output: Contribution to journalReview article

3 Scopus citations

Abstract

A philosophical theory of religion ought to meet four criteria: it should be extensionally accurate, neutral, phenomenological, and non-circular. I argue that none of the popular theories of religion meet all these criteria, and that, in particular, the extensional accuracy criterion and the non-circularity criterion can't be met without sacrificing extensional accuracy. I conclude that, therefore, religions do not form a kind, and so, there is no such thing as religion.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)35-42
Number of pages8
JournalSophia
Volume48
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Feb 2009

Keywords

  • Conceptual analysis
  • Definition
  • Philosophy
  • Religion

Fingerprint Dive into the research topics of 'An eliminativist theory of religion'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

  • Cite this