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Bachelor of Arts
Classics, Philosophy, and Religion
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Given that the study of religion relies on discourse as a basis, the inherent ineffability of religious experience poses a challenge to it, yet it is simultaneously a defining characteristic of religion. For scholars of religion, discourse and other conceptual components can be discussed, but when critically and comparatively exploring what defines ultimate reality, such as ātman in Hinduism and anātman in Buddhism, experience is at the foundation and cannot be dismissed.
Brown, Christina, "Overcoming Ineffability Through Discourse on Hindu Self and Buddhist Non-Self: Tensions Between the Study of Religion and Religious Experience" (2018). Student Research Submissions. 239.