Phil 110 Hinduism
Phil 110 Hinduism PHIL 110
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This 1 page Class Notes was uploaded by Jigisha Sampat on Sunday April 17, 2016. The Class Notes belongs to PHIL 110 at University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign taught by Jontathan Ebel in Spring 2016. Since its upload, it has received 23 views. For similar materials see World Religions in PHIL-Philosophy at University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
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Date Created: 04/17/16
1. What does Smith mean when he writes, “Religion is solely the creation of the scholar’s study. . . . Religion has no independent existence apart from the academy.” Religion is a system of faith and worship of a superhuman. The acts and rituals performed by a “religious” person conform to this system. But according to Smith, these practices were in effect way before a set system was created for it. Historical and archeological documents only present the characteristics and practices of humans in the past. But students of religion study these documentations on the practices and customs of the past and through generalization and imagination, formulate a system and call it religion. Religion does not exist as a separate entity, it is merely a generalization meant for study. 2. Is he right? I believe that Smith is right in saying that religion is solely a creation of the scholars study. Religion is basically a compilation of activities that constitute the daily ordinary life of a human. It is not necessarily “exotic” or out of the way. Those practices were followed and created to suit the lifestyle and other external factors of that era. The practices weren’t systematically organized into a framework. The system was created for the purpose of understanding these practices and creating a generalization. Hence, the system (religion) is solely a creation of the scholar’s study.
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