How Religion Works: Towards a New Cognitive Science of Religion

How Religion Works: Towards a New Cognitive Science of Religion

by Ilkka Pyysiainen
     
 

This book presents a detailed argument to support the view that religion as a cultural practice cannot be properly explained without knowledge of the evolved cognitive mechanisms by which humans process information.

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This book presents a detailed argument to support the view that religion as a cultural practice cannot be properly explained without knowledge of the evolved cognitive mechanisms by which humans process information.

This publication has also been published in hardback, please click here for details.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9789004123199
Publisher:
Brill Academic Publishers, Inc.
Publication date:
10/24/2001
Series:
Cognition & Culture Book Series, #1
Pages:
272
Product dimensions:
6.40(w) x 9.52(h) x 0.90(d)

Table of Contents

Preface
Ch. 1Introduction: Cognitive Approach to Religion1
The Category of 'Religion'1
The Cognitive Approach5
Ch. 2God and Transcendence9
'God' as an Emic Concept9
Superhuman Beings, Religion and Science12
Intentional Agents14
Counter-Intuitiveness of Gods18
Ch. 3Religion and Culture25
Geertz and the Concept of 'Culture'25
Geertz and Symbolism33
Geertz on Religion as a Symbolic Cultural System44
Ch. 4Religion and the Social55
On the Sociological Background of Durkheim's Theory of Religion55
Religion and Society59
Religion as Symbolic of the Society - A Critique63
Religion and Society Reconsidered70
Ch. 5Religious Belief, Experience, and Ritual77
Ritual and Emotion78
What is Emotion?97
On the Neurophysiology of Emotion102
Religious Experience, "Mysticism" and Emotions109
Ch. 6Religion, "Worldview," and Ethics143
Religion as "Worldview"143
An Outline of Ethics as a Field of Study158
Religious Ethics173
Ch. 7Religion and Cognition: Towards a New Science of Religion197
Domain Specificity197
Cognitive Modules199
Intuitive Theories and Cognitive Domains208
Is Religion a Cognitive Domain?215
References237
Index of Names267
Index of Subjects270

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