Rethinking Religion

Rethinking Religion : Connecting Cognition and Culture

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This book is an ambitious attempt to develop a cognitive approach to religion. Focusing particularly on ritual action, it borrows analytical methods from linguistics and other cognitive sciences. The authors, a philosopher of science and a scholar of comparative religion, provide a lucid critical review of established approaches to religion, and make a strong plea for the combination of interpretation and explanation. Often represented as competitive approaches, they are rather, complementary, equally vital to the study of symbolic systems.show more

Product details

  • Online resource
  • Cambridge University Press (Virtual Publishing)
  • Cambridge, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 19 b/w illus.
  • 1139170082
  • 9781139170086

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'Lawson and McCauley have done the psychology of religion a service by opening new theoretical and research vistas. Their work merits close study because Rethinking Religion offers a truly creative and different kind of contribution to the field.' Bernard Spika, Contemporary Psychology '... a very important book that marks a turning point in the way anthropologists think about religious ideas and practices.' Pascal Boyer, American Anthropologistshow more

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