Theory in Distress? On Being ‘Critical’ with Everything

In: Method & Theory in the Study of Religion
Nickolas P. Roubekas Department of Religious Studies, University of Vienna

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‘Religion’ is often, if not always, deemed a rather problematic category by critical theorists, who urge scholars to be more attentive to the genealogy and history of the category. As part of the review symposium of Theory in a Time of Excess (2016), this review essay argues that ‘theory’ itself could be deemed problematic if we wish to be consistent in adopting such a critical stance, which can lead to several dead-ends when excluding other theoretical options and possibilities.

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