Department of Religious Studies

Prof. Oliver Freiberger Publishes Book, "Considering Comparison: A Method for Religious Studies"

Tue, February 19, 2019
Prof. Oliver Freiberger Publishes Book,
Considering Comparison

Considering Comparison: A Method for Religious Studies

New York: Oxford University Press, 2019.

Revisiting critical debates and examining reflections in other disciplines, this book proposes a model of comparison for the study of religion that is based on a thorough epistemological analysis and that takes both the scholar's situatedness and agency seriously. Examining numerous examples of comparative studies, Considering Comparison develops a methodological framework for conducting and evaluating such studies. Freiberger suggests a comparative approach - which he calls discourse comparison - that confronts the omnipresent risks of decontextualization, essentialization, and universalization.

Oliver Freiberger received a PhD from Göttingen University and a DHabil from Bayreuth University. He has taught at The University of Texas at Austin since 2004. His major fields of research, in which he has published widely, are South Asian religious history, early Buddhism, asceticism in the history of religion, and comparative methodology.

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