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Asad: Thinking about Religion, Belief, and Politics

Posted by NT Wrong on November 23, 2008

In October 2008, Talal Asad delivered one of the 2008 Foerster Lectures on the Immortality of the Soul at the University of California Berkeley. The lecture series commenced in 1928, and has included lectures by Oliver Sacks, Thomas S. Kuhn, Aldous Huxley, and Paul Tillich, and, latterly, Bart Ehrman.

“Thinking about Religion, Belief, and Politics”

“Professor Asad will discuss the attempts by anthropologists and others to define religion, the shifting place of “belief” in that endeavor, and some of its implications for politics. He’ll stress the need to extend the study of the senses (rather than beliefs) in the formation of religious and secular attitudes.”


2 Responses to “Asad: Thinking about Religion, Belief, and Politics”

  1. Is there a bio of you here somewhere? Or at least some info on your religious trek that brought you to where you are today? Please email that to gary at tentmaker dot org. Thanks, Gary

  2. john shuck said

    No fair, Gary. You have to struggle with the quest for the historical Wrong like the rest of us. Besides, even if he told you, none of us would trust your special revelation.

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