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Past Minds: Studies in Cognitive Historiography

Past Minds: Studies in Cognitive Historiography (Hardback)

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How do historians understand the minds, motivations, intentions of historical agents? What might evolutionary and cognitive theorizing contribute to this work? What is the relation between natural and cultural history? Historians have been intrigued by such questions ever since publication in 1859 of Darwin's The Origin of Species, itself the historicization of biology. This interest reemerged in the latter part of the twentieth century among a number of biologists, philosophers and historians, reinforced by the new interdisciplinary finding of cognitive scientists about the universal capacities of and constraints upon human minds. The studies in this volume, primarily by historians of religion, continue this discussion by focusing on historical examples of ancient religions as well as on the theoretical promises and problems relevant to that study.

History & PoliticsHistory General & TheoryHistory: theory & methodsHistoriographyPhilosophy, Psychology & Social SciencesReligion & BeliefsAlternative belief systemsEclectic & esoteric religions & belief systemsReligion & BeliefsReligion: generalHistory of religion Publisher: Taylor & Francis Ltd Publication Date: 16/10/2014 ISBN-13: 9781845537401  Details: Type: Hardback Format: Books
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Luther H. Martin is a Professor in the Department of Religion at the University of Vermont. Jesper Sorensen works in the Department of Culture and Society at Aarhus University, Denmark.

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