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Religion as Magical Ideology: How the Supernatural Reflects Rationality

Religion as Magical Ideology: How the Supernatural Reflects Rationality (Hardback)

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'Religion as Magical Ideology' examines the relationship between rationality and supernatural beliefs arguing that such beliefs are products of evolution, cognition and culture. The book does not offer a false rapprochement between reason and religion; instead, it explores their interrelationship as a series of complex adaptations between cognitive and cultural processes. Exploring the nature of the tension between religious traditions and reason, 'Religion as Magical Ideology' develops a dual inheritance theory of religion - which combines the cognitive byproduct and prosocial adaptation accounts - and analyses the connection between the function of a belief and the degree of protection it gets from potential counter-evidence. With discussion ranging from individual cognitive mechanisms, general functional considerations, to the limits of evolutionary and cognitive processes, the book offers readers a systematic account of how cognition shapes religious beliefs and practices.

Mind, Body & SpiritMysticism, magic & ritualMagic, spells & alchemyPhilosophy, Psychology & Social SciencesPhilosophy TheoryPhilosophy: epistemology & theory of knowledgeReligion & BeliefsAlternative belief systemsReligion & BeliefsReligion: generalPhilosophy of religion Publisher: Taylor & Francis Ltd Publication Date: 30/04/2013 ISBN-13: 9781844656448  Details: Type: Hardback Format: Books
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Konrad Talmont-Kaminski is Assistant Professor at the University of Finance and Management in Warsaw and is co-editor of "Regarding Mind, Naturally" and "Beyond Description: Naturalism and Normativity".

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