Chapter 15 Geo Widengren as Researcher and Public Intellectual: A Meta-Reflection

In: The Legacy, Life and Work of Geo Widengren and the Study of the History of Religions after World War II
Author: Göran Larsson

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Abstract

Leaving aside the philosophical response to the rhetorical question of whether we can learn anything from the past, I suggest that Geo Widengren can be used as an example showing how the study of religions as a discipline has evolved and changed over time. Widengren can therefore serve as a prism casting light on changes within the History of Religions as an academic discipline in Sweden and internationally, but his academic career took place at a time when Sweden, like the rest of Europe, was undergoing tremendous changes.

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