Kevin Schilbrack Ph.D.

  • Professor of Religious Studies and Department Chair
  • Philosophy and Religion, ASU
  • schilbrackke@appstate.edu
  • 828-262-3089
  • I. G. Greer Hall 114
  • Boone NC 28608

There are 32 included publications by Kevin Schilbrack Ph.D.:

TitleDateViewsBrief Description
After We Deconstruct Religion, Then What? A Case For Critical Realism 2013 224 Some scholars of religion have turned their attention from religion to "religion" and have then deconstructed the conceptual category, arguing that the concept of religion is an invention of the scholar that corresponds to nothing. In Schilbrack (201...
Assessing Wesley Wildman’s Religious Philosophy As Multidisciplinary Comparative Inquiry 2012 251 Wesley Wildman is one of the foremost philosophers of religion calling for the evolution of the discipline from its present narrow focus on theistic beliefs to become a discipline concerned with religions in all their diversity. Towards this end, he ...
Book Review of "Just War On Terror" 2006 362 Book Review
Book Review Of Realism In Religion: A Pragmatist's Perspective 2011 167 Book Review
Bruce Lincoln's philosophy 2005 4874 Polemical Essay
The General and the Particular in Theravada Ethics: A Response to Charles Hallisey 1997 313 In the most recent issue of JBE(vol.31996:32-43), Charles Hallisey calls into question what he sees as a pernicious assumption at work in the study of Theravàda ethics. The problem, according to Hallisey, is that many scholars who study Theravàda et...
Metaphysics in Dogen 2000 225 It is my hypothesis that metaphysics is an overlooked but fruitful category for cross- cultural philosophy, and I would like to demonstrate this hypothesis with what may seem an unpromising example, the writings of the Zen Buddhist teacher Dogen Kige...
Myth and Metaphysics 2000 1240 This paper defends the assertion that among the things that religions teach, inculcate, and celebrate are understandings of the world that are metaphysical in scope, and that these metaphysical views are often taught, inculcated, and celebrated throu...
New Directions For Philosophy Of Religion: Four Proposals 2012 1064 This set of papers explores the topic of "Possible Futures for Philosophy of Religion." Though the field of philosophy of religion today has grown relatively narrow, these four papers seek to stretch it back out and all four are (as befitting our top...
Problems for a Complete Naturalism 1994 289 American naturalism has had an on-again, off-again relationship with metaphysics. Some naturalists have agreed with John Dewey who saw his approach as not only compatible with but also inseparable from"a detection and description of the generic trait...
Process Thought and Bridge Building: A Response to Stephen K. White 2011 535 Stephen White focuses his attention on what he calls “depth” experiences and the role that cultivating such experiences could have in public life in a democracy. Depth experiences are those transformative experiences that lead people to question the ...
Re-Enchantment without Supernaturalism - A Process Philosophy of Religion 2002 2456 Book Review
Reading Hume s Dialogues: A Veneration For True Religion 2005 586 Book Review
Religion, Models Of, And Reality: Are We Through With Geertz? 2005 7211 Clifford Geertz's influential definition of religions as providing their members with both an ethos and a worldview—in his terms, both a "model for" and "model of" reality—has of late become a neuralgic point of contention in religious studies. In pa...
Religions: Are There Any? 2010 1492 Several scholars have recently argued that the concept of “religion” is manufactured, constructed, invented, or imagined, but does not correspond to an objective reality, “out there” in the world. This paper seeks to evaluate that critique. I argue t...
Religious Diversity and the Closed Mind 2003 408 Essay
Review of John Clayton, Religions, Reasons, and Gods: Essays in Cross-Cultural Philosophy of Religion 2007 815 Book Review
[Review of] "Philosophical Explorations of New And Alternative Religious Movements." 2013 7673 A book review of "Philosophical Explorations ofNew and Alternative Religious Movements."
[Review of] Robert C. Neville (ed.): The Human Condition: A Volume in the Comparative Religious Ideas Project; Ultimate Realities: A Volume in the Comparative Religious Ideas Project; Religious Truth: A Volume in the Comparative Religious Ideas Project 2002 647 Book Review
[Review of] "Spirituality and The Ethics Of Torture" 2010 364 Book Review
[Review of] Thomas P. Kasulis, Intimacy or Integrity: Philosophy and Cultural Difference 2003 1067 Book Review
Ritual Metaphysics 2004 2200 In this paper, I seek to show the fruitfulness of connecting the study of ritual activities to the ritualists' metaphysics, which is to say, to their understanding of the necessary conditions of life. I suggest that some rituals may be seen as inscri...
Rules, Magic, and Instrumental Reason: A Critical Interpretation of Peter Winch s Philosophy of the Social Sciences 2003 1001 Book Review
The Social Construction of Religion and Its Limits: A Critical Reading of Timothy Fitzgerald 2012 10631 Several theorists argue that the concept of “religion” is not a cultural universal but rather emerged under particular historical and political conditions in the modern post-Reformation west. “Religion,” they say, is a social construction. What are t...
The Spiritual Dimension: Religion, Philosophy and Human Value 2007 436 Book Review
The Study of Religious Belief after Donald Davidson 2002 1056 Scholars in religious studies are increasingly drawing important insights from Davidson's philosophy of language. Unfortunately, the most prominent of Davidson's interpreters in religious studies have been Rortian neopragmatists who, I argue, have r...
Teaching Comparative Religious Ethics - A Review Essay 2002 1608 Though others have surveyed the different methods in comparative religious ethics, relatively little attention has been given to different approaches to pedagogy (exceptions include Lovin and Reynolds; Juergens-meyer; Twiss). The field of comparative...
Theorizing Religion and the Role of Philosophy 2015 500 This paper is a response to Patrick Hart’s “Theory, Method, and Madness in ReligiousStudies,” and it argues that philosophy is presupposed and therefore ineliminablewhen theorizing religions.
The Unity of Knowledge and Action: Toward a Nonrepresentational Theory of Knowledge 2003 1343 Book Review
The Uses of Paradox: Religion, Self-Transformation, and The Absurd 2009 745 Book Review
What Isn't Religion? 2013 3847 This article is motivated by the sense that the category of religion has become sprawling, overly inclusive, and unwieldy. This problem is partly be- cause the multiple definitions of religion in play today are so various and divergent, but it is al...
Wittgensteinian Values: Philosophy, Religious Belief and Descriptivist Methodology 2004 369 Book Review