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Weber and Geertz on the meaning of religion.

Segal, Robert A. (1999) Weber and Geertz on the meaning of religion. Religion, 29 (1). pp. 61-71. ISSN 0048-721X

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Abstract

Clifford Geertz often cites Max Weber as the pioneering ‘interpretive’ social scientist. But the approaches of Weber and Geertz to interpretation differ sharply. Both associate interpretation with meaning, but they diverge on the nature of meaning, on the relationship between meaning and cause, and on the consequent relationship between interpretation and explanation. While both use ‘meaning’ not only asintentbut also as significance, ormeaningfulness, they diverge on the origin of meaningfulness, on the form meaningfulness takes and on the threats to meaningfulness.

Item Type: Article
Journal or Publication Title: Religion
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BL Religion
Departments: Faculty of Arts & Social Sciences > Politics & International Relations (Merged into PPR 2010-08-01)
ID Code: 24390
Deposited By: ep_ss_importer
Deposited On: 10 Mar 2009 10:26
Refereed?: Yes
Published?: Published
Last Modified: 26 Jul 2012 16:25
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URI: http://eprints.lancs.ac.uk/id/eprint/24390

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