Thursday Lecture Series: Evidence

Religion and the Evidence of Experience

Thursday, The Heyman Center

Experience—things that people undergo and report—is problematic
as a source of evidence in religious studies and associated
disciplines. Yet it seems impossible to do without this source altogether.
Experience has been most closely associated with interpretive
approaches to the study of human behavior, but approaches
that focus on power have been critical of interpretation. An adequate
account of experience will have to incorporate theories of
both interpretation and of power.