Publisher description for The ascetic self : subjectivity, memory, and tradition / Gavin Flood.
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Focusing on Christianity, Buddhism and Hinduism, this book argues that asceticism must be understood within the boundaries of tradition. It exemplifies a completely new paradigm for comparative religion which seeks to avoid a problematic universalism on the one hand and an area-specific relativism on the other. The volume's original contribution to methodology will be influential in the future development of comparative religious studies.
Library of Congress subject headings for this publication: Asceticism Comparative studies, Asceticism Psychology