A Deep-Seated Schism

Fundamental Discussions in the Study of Religions


  • Caroline Schaffalitzky de Muckadell University of Southern Denmark




definition, religion, philosophy



Author Biography

Caroline Schaffalitzky de Muckadell, University of Southern Denmark

Associate Professor, PhD.


Carnap, Rudolf. 1947. Meaning and Necessity. Chicago: University of Chicago Press.

Gupta, Anil. 2015. “Definitions.” In The Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy, edited by Edward N. Zalta. Accessed October 24, 2015. http://plato.stanford.edu/archives/sum2015/entries/definitions/. `

Hvidtfeldt, Rolf, Esben Nedenskov Petersen. and Caroline Schaffalitzky de Muckadell (forthcoming) “What Should We Demand of a Definition of Learning?” In On the Definition of Learning, edited by Ane Qvortrup, Merete Wiberg, Gerd Christensen, and Mikala Hansbøl. Odense: University Press of Southern Denmark.

Rein, Nathan. 2014. “When Is a Religion Like a Weed? Some Thoughts on Why and How We Define Things.” Bulletin for the Study of Religion 44 (4): 10–18.

Simmons, J. Aaron. 2014. “A Search for the ‘Really’ Real: Philosophically Approaching the Task of Defining Religion.” Bulletin for the Study of Religion 44 (4): 18–25.

Simmons, K. Merinda. 2014. “Worlds Apart: The Essentials of Critical Thinking.” Bulletin for the Study of Religion 44 (4): 25–32.

Strenski, Ivan. 2003. “Why it is Better to Know Some of the Questions than All of the Answers.” In Method & Theory in the Study of Religion 15: 169–186. http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/157006803765218236.

Schaffalitzky de Muckadell, Caroline. 2014. “On Essentialism and Real Definitions of Religion.” Journal of the American Academy of Religion 82: 495–520. http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/jaarel/lfu015.

———. forthcoming. “Wittgenstein’s Critique of Frazer and Realism/Anti-realism Concerning Religion.”In Wittgenstein’s Remarks on Frazer, edited by Albinus, Rothhaupt & Seery. Berlin: De Gruyter.



How to Cite

Schaffalitzky de Muckadell, C. (2016). A Deep-Seated Schism: Fundamental Discussions in the Study of Religions. Bulletin for the Study of Religion, 44(4), 34–39. https://doi.org/10.1558/bsor.v44i4.28973