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Edith Wyschogrod

Print publication date: 2006

Print ISBN-13: 9780823226061

Published to Fordham Scholarship Online: March 2011

DOI: 10.5422/fso/9780823226061.001.0001

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Facts, Fiction, Ficciones

Facts, Fiction, Ficciones

Truth in the Study of Religion

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(p.345) 22 Facts, Fiction, Ficciones
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Crossover Queries
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Edith Wyschogrod

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Fordham University Press
DOI:10.5422/fso/9780823226061.003.0023

What is it that we ask for when we ask for truth in the study of religion? The Enlightenment account of time promises a full recovery of events by stationing the observer outside of time or placing the observer in control of time by making time part of her computational scheme. In this view, time is made up of homogeneous units, so that it does not matter where the observer stands. The price is immediacy. The direct apprehension of a luminous object of contemplation or the sensory flooding of conscious awareness gives way to accuracy, the manner of being of the represented object. The study of religion is involved in this romance of facts in a special way. If the notion of fact reflects the effort to say what is, fiction attempts to imagine what is not, to bring absence into presence, to construct a world that does not exist. Fictions with such characteristics have metamorphosed into ficciones, the term Jorge Luis Borges, as a spinner of metaphysical conceits, applies to his stories.

Keywords:   religion, fact, fiction, ficciones, Jorge Luis Borges, truth

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