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Rethinking Religion

Rethinking Religion
Connecting Cognition and Culture

  • Date Published: January 1993
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521438063

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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.

    • An explanation of religious systems alongside substantive theory of religious ritual: an original
    • Cuts across disciplines including anthropology, cognitive psychology and philosophy as well as religious studies
    • Well drawn and creative analysis and assessment
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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 Anthropologist

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    • Date Published: January 1993
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521438063
    • length: 208 pages
    • dimensions: 229 x 152 x 12 mm
    • weight: 0.31kg
    • contains: 19 b/w illus.
    • availability: Available
  • Authors

    E. Thomas Lawson, Western Michigan University

    Robert N. McCauley, Emory University, Atlanta

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