How historical the history of religions is has long been debated. This chapter details Skinner's approach to history of political thought. Skinner distinguishes three kinds of historical questions that can be asked of the works of political thinkers. Textualists do so for two seemingly opposed reasons. One, the meaning they seek does not go beyond what the author has stated in the work. And two, that meaning is not limited to the times in which the author lived. Skinner distinguishes even this kind of intent from the meaning, which would be the theme of the tragedy. Eliade is right to assume a symmetry between explanation and interpretation. A Freudian explanation of the cause of religion does pre-suppose a Freudian interpretation of the meaning of it. In his History of Religious Ideas, which is virtually a foil to Patterns, Eliade focuses on individual religions rather than on religion per se.
|Title of host publication||Theory and Method in the Study of Religion|
|Subtitle of host publication||Twenty Five Years On|
|Editors||Aaron W. Hughes|
|Number of pages||15|
|Publication status||Published - 25 Sep 2013|
|Name||Supplements to Method & Theory in the Study of Religion|
- History of Religious Ideas