Fall 2012

Religion in Scientific Perspective

Listed in: Religion, as RELI-215

Formerly listed as: RELI-65

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Faculty

Andrew C. Dole (Section 01)

Description

The idea of “scientific explanations of religion” has a long history in the academy, and the fortunes of scientific explorations of religion have been mixed. But the past decade has seen the emergence of new approaches to this project, as a growing body of literature has applied the tools of the cognitive sciences and evolutionary theory to the study of religion. This course will survey the recent literature on the subject, and will bring this material into conversation with “classical” naturalistic theorizing concerning religion. We will read works by David Hume, Stewart Guthrie, Pascal Boyer, Scott Atran, Justin Barrett, Richard Dawkins, Robert Hinde, David Sloan Wilson, and others.

Fall semester.  Professor A. Dole.

Cost: $40 ?

Offerings

2014-15: Offered in Fall 2014
Other years: Offered in Fall 2008, Fall 2012
 

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