Publication Date


Advisor(s) - Committee Chair

Alan Anderson, Donald Tuck, Ronald Veenker

Degree Program

Department of Philosophy & Religion

Degree Type

Master of Arts


The main viewpoints and methods of two important figures of tho "Chicago school" in the comparative study of religion, Wach and Eliade, are investigated, and then are discussed on three levels: the disciplinary, the philosophic,al, and the historical. Or the disciplinary level, their theoretical emphases and methodological characteristics are discerned. On the philosophical level, their presuppositions are classified by an "archic analysis," a scheme of one's philosophical orientation provided by Walter Watson. And on the historical level, their theories are examined against the concrete religious data of Chinese Buddhism. Finally, the conclusion is drawn from the analysis of the relations among these three levels, and the significance of the discipline of comparative religion is interpreted.


Arts and Humanities | Philosophy | Religion