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Religion in Mind : Cognitive Perspectives on Religious Belief, Ritual, and Experience - Jensine Andresen

Religion in Mind

Cognitive Perspectives on Religious Belief, Ritual, and Experience

By: Jensine Andresen (Editor)

Paperback Published: 3rd March 2011
ISBN: 9780521173186
Number Of Pages: 308

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Religion in Mind is a 2001 text which summarizes and extends the advances in the cognitive study of religion throughout the 1990s. It uses empirical research from psychology and anthropology to illuminate various components of religious belief, ritual, and experience. The book examines cognitive dimensions of religion within a naturalistic view of culture, while respecting the phenomenology of religion and drawing together teachers of religion, psychologists of religion, and cognitive scientists. Expert contributors focus on phenomena such as belief-fixation and transmission; attributions of agency; anthropomorphizing; counterintuitive religious representations; the well-formedness of religious rituals; links between religious representations and emotions; and the development of god concepts. The work encourages greater interdisciplinary linkages between scholars from different fields and will be of interest to researchers in anthropology, psychology, sociology, history, philosophy, and cognitive science. It also will interest more general readers in religion and science.

Introduction: towards a cognitive science of religion
Belief Acquisition and the Spread of Religious Representations
On what we may believe about beliefs
Cognition, emotion, and religious experience
Why gods? A cognitive theory
Questioning the 'Representation' of Religious
Ritual, memory, and emotion: comparing two cognitive hypotheses
Psychological perspectives on agency
Do children experience God like adults?
Embodied Models of Religion
Cognitive study of religion and Husserlian phenomenology: making better tools for the analysis of cultural systems
Why a proper science of mind implies the transcendence of nature
Religion and the frontal lobes
Conclusion: religion in the flesh: forging new methodologies for the study of religion
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ISBN: 9780521173186
ISBN-10: 0521173183
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 308
Published: 3rd March 2011
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 23.4 x 15.6  x 1.6
Weight (kg): 0.44