The Naturalness of Religious Ideas: A Cognitive Theory of Religion / Edition 1

The Naturalness of Religious Ideas: A Cognitive Theory of Religion / Edition 1

by Pascal Boyer
     
 

ISBN-10: 0520075595

ISBN-13: 9780520075597

Pub. Date: 02/03/1994

Publisher: University of California Press


Why do people have religious ideas? And why thosereligious ideas? The main theme of Pascal Boyer's work is that important aspects of religious representations are constrained by universal properties of the human mind-brain. Experimental results from developmental psychology, he says, can explain why certain religious representations are more likely to be

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Why do people have religious ideas? And why thosereligious ideas? The main theme of Pascal Boyer's work is that important aspects of religious representations are constrained by universal properties of the human mind-brain. Experimental results from developmental psychology, he says, can explain why certain religious representations are more likely to be acquired, stored, and transmitted by human minds. Considering these universal constraints, Boyer proposes an exciting new answer to the question of why similar religious representations are found in so many different cultures. His work will be widely discussed by cultural anthropologists, psychologists, and students of religion, history, and philosophy.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780520075597
Publisher:
University of California Press
Publication date:
02/03/1994
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
344
Product dimensions:
11.20(w) x 7.40(h) x 1.40(d)

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