Read the blurb and then tell me if you think critiques of intentionality, subjectivity, the place of the category belief in scholarship, and the idea of the author are all just tilting at windmills. For, apparently, this blurber, and the publisher who used his blurb, agree that Stein can time travel and read minds.
Perhaps he also knows which card I’m holding?
I’m continually fascinated by the manner in which scholars claim to be historically-inclined — thereby distinguishing themselves from mere amateurs or wannabes — in the very moment that they sprout wings and transcend history. For example, my own interest for some time has been the history and use for the category religion — i.e., what’s socially, politically, etc., at stake (for good or ill) in naming something as religion (or as faith, as spiritual, as tradition, as experience, etc.) and then treating it as such, presuming it shares some hidden link with other things so named. Many people now claim to work in this area, making such a focus on the category religion seem something other than cutting-edge. Continue reading ““But…, I Can Hear the Ocean””