Understanding Religion: Selected Essays

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Walter de Gruyter, 2009 - Philosophy - 245 pages
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This volume consists of 12 essays published by the author between the years 1997-2007, a thirteenth paper read at a conference in 2006, and a long introduction prepared specifically for the collection. All of the essays deal with epistemological issues attendant on conceptualizing and defining religion, understanding what is likely to be involved in studying and discussing beliefs, and attempting to explain religion and religions by drawing on the contemporary cognitive and evolutionary sciences.

 

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Contents

The Ethnographer as Pontifex
31
E B Tylor and the Anthropology of Religion
51
An Appreciation of the Contributions of A I Hallowell
82
On What We May Believe About Beliefs
95
Finding Way Religion
116
On Credulity
132
Secondary Beliefs and the Alien Abduction Phenomenon
147
Family Resemblance and the Definition of Religion
159
The Matter of Boundaries
172
Some Suggestions for Improving the Inevitable
181
On Establishing a Problematic
188
Toward a Realistic and Relevant Science of Religion
196
Backmatter
224
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Benson Saler, Brandeis University, Waltham, MA, USA.

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