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Religion and Cognition: A Reader (Critical Categories in the Study of Religion)

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Publisher Comments:

This volume explores 'cognition' in the study of religion-that is, the mental processes that govern religious belief and behavior across cultures and eras. The essays in the volume are scientific in nature and universal in scope. They address the naturalistic meta-theoretical stances taken to epistemologically justify cognitive explanations of religion; the theoretical models of cognition that are employed in the cognitive science of religion; the prominent cognitive theories of religion to date; the methods used to gather data and test theories; and experimental findings by cognitive scientists of religion. The volume is divided into two Parts. Part I includes selections that cover the meta-theories and theories employed by cognitive scientists of religion, and Part II includes experimental studies of religion. Combined, these selections make the volume especially useful for introducing students to the basic framework of the cognitive science of religion, as well as to the experimental methods and findings that support cognitive theories of religion.

Book News Annotation:

Through 13 recent key papers (all but one published since 1990), Slone (religious studies, Webster U., St. Louis, Missouri) introduces the cognitive science of religion that promotes the "naturalness of religion thesis." Theorists offer meta-theoretical positions on the study of religion: the hermeneutic emphasis on personal interpretation, explanatory exclusivists who discount subjective interpretation as unscientific, and interactionists who welcome both other approaches. Empirical support is offered for the mind's propensity for religious thought, akin to Chomsky's hard-wired grammar. Distributed in North America by David Brown Book Co.
Annotation 2007 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Book News Annotation:

Through 13 recent key papers (all but one published since 1990), Slone (religious studies, Webster U., St. Louis, Missouri) introduces the cognitive science of religion that promotes the "naturalness of religion thesis." Theorists offer meta-theoretical positions on the study of religion: the hermeneutic emphasis on personal interpretation, explanatory exclusivists who discount subjective interpretation as unscientific, and interactionists who welcome both other approaches. Empirical support is offered for the mind's propensity for religious thought, akin to Chomsky's hard-wired grammar. Distributed in North America by David Brown Book Co. Annotation ©2007 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Product Details

ISBN:
9781904768715
Publisher:
Acumen Publishing
Subject:
Psychology of Religion
Editor:
Slone, D. Jason
Author:
Slone, D. Jason
Subject:
Cognition
Subject:
Psychology, Religious
Subject:
Psychology : General
Series:
Critical Categories in the Study of Religion
Publication Date:
20060131
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Pages:
416
Dimensions:
9.90x7.12x.91 in. 1.49 lbs.

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