Siblings Veiled by Ideology?

Reflections on the Epistemological Kinship between the Phenomenology of Religion and Soviet Scientific Atheism

Authors

  • Stefan Ragaz University of Basel

DOI:

https://doi.org/10.1558/bsor.30968

Keywords:

Soviet study of religion, phenomenology of religion, Marxist-Leninist ideology, scientific atheism

Abstract

The essay proposes that historically Soviet scholarship on religion should not only be understood as the result of Marxist-Leninist ideology, but also as a phenomenological approach to religion operating in many ways with the same epistemological foundation as the Western phenomenology of religion.

Author Biography

Stefan Ragaz, University of Basel

PhD candidate in the Study of Religion, University of Basel

References

Ciurtin, Eugen. 2008. “Eastern Europe.” In Religious Studies: A Global View, edited by Gregory D. Alles, 50–74. London: Routledge.

?lbakjan, E. S. 2011. “Fenomen sovetskogo religiovedenija.” Religiovedenie 3: 141–62.

Pospielovsky, Dimitry V. 1987. A History of Marxist-Leninist Atheism and Soviet Antireligious Policies. Basingstoke: Macmillan. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-1-349-18838-3.

Shakhnovich, MaryAnn M. 1993. “The Study of Religion in the Soviet Union. Survey Article.” Numen 40: 67–81.

Thrower, James. 1983. Marxist-Leninist ‘Scientific Atheism’ and the Study of Religion and Atheism in the USSR. Berlin: Mouton. https://doi.org/10.1515/9783110838589.

Published

2017-04-18

How to Cite

Ragaz, S. (2017). Siblings Veiled by Ideology? Reflections on the Epistemological Kinship between the Phenomenology of Religion and Soviet Scientific Atheism. Bulletin for the Study of Religion, 46(1), 8-10. https://doi.org/10.1558/bsor.30968

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