Cognitive Aspects of Religious Symbolism
Edited by Pascal Boyer
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Cognitive Aspects of Religious Symbolism by Pascal Boyer
Book DescriptionHow are religious ideas presented, acquired and transmitted? Confronted with religious practices, anthropologists have typically been content with sociological generalizations, informed by vague, intuitive models of cognitive processes. Yet the modern cognitive theories promise a fresh understanding of how religious ideas are learnt; and if the same cognitive processes can be shown to underlie all religious ideologies, then the comparative study of religions will be placed on a wholly new footing. The present book is a contribution to this ambitious programme. In closely focused essays, a group of anthropologists debate the particular nature of religious concepts and categories, and begin to specify the cognitive constraints on cultural acquisition and transmission.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780521438704
(229mm x 152mm x 15mm)
Imprint: Cambridge University Press
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publish Date: 30-Oct-2008
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
Books By Author Pascal Boyer
Memory in Mind and Culture, Hardback (June 2009)
Provides answers about human memory and its role in making us who we are and societies who they are.
Tradition as Truth and Communication, Paperback (March 2006)
Tradition as Truth and Communication deals particularly with oral communication and focuses on the privileged role of licensed speakers and the ritual contexts in which certain aspects of tradition are characteristically transmitted.
Religion Explained, Paperback (November 2002)
Why are there religious beliefs in all cultures? Do they have features in common and why does religion persist in the face of science? This work shows how experimental findings in cognitive science, evolutionary biology and cultural anthropology are providing precise answers to these general questions.
Naturalness of Religious Ideas, Hardback (January 1994)» View all books by Pascal Boyer
The main theme of this treatise is that important aspects of religious representation are constrained by the human mind. The author uses experimental results from developmental psychology to explain why certain religious representations are acquired and stored in the brain.
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