The Ascetic Self (Paperback)

Subjectivity, Memory and Tradition

By Gavin D. Flood

Cambridge University Press, 9780521604017, 304pp.

Publication Date: November 25, 2004

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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.