Forget worldviews: Towards a Deleuzian religious studies

  • Paul-François Tremlett

Abstract

In this essay I engage in a close analysis of three documents central to the push to place the worldview concept at the front and centre of Religious Studies in schools and universities - the 2018 Commission on Religious Education Report Religion and Worldviews: The Way Forward, Worldview: A Multidisciplinary Report(2020) and The Worldview Project: Discussion Papers (2020). I argue that the documents paint a picture of a subject caught between an objectivist account of a fixed field of really existing religions and a postmodern or Deleuzian mélange of lived interactions and flows. I advocate for a Deleuzian transformation of Religious Studies and the embrace of decolonisation and critical religious literacy, based in a vision of the study of religions as the study of relations and assemblages.

Published
2022-11-11
How to Cite
TREMLETT, Paul-François. Forget worldviews: Towards a Deleuzian religious studies. Journal of the British Association for the Study of Religion (JBASR), [S.l.], v. 23, p. 29-41, nov. 2022. ISSN 2516-6379. Available at: <http://www.jbasr.com/ojs/index.php/jbasr/article/view/55>. Date accessed: 08 dec. 2022. doi: https://doi.org/10.18792/jbasr.v23i0.55.