Fall 2018

The Cognitive Science of Religion

Listed in: Religion, as RELI-215

Formerly listed as: RELI-65

Moodle site: Course

Faculty

Andrew C. Dole (Section 01)

Description

The cognitive science of religion (CSR) is a relatively new field that applies developments in the cognitive sciences and in evolutionary psychology 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. Topics covered will include the theory of cognitive "massive modularity" that grounds much of the work in this area; the theories of reciprocal altruism and coalitional psychology; and the question of whether religion is an adaptation or an "evolutionary by-product". We will read works by David Hume, Robert Trivers, Pascal Boyer, Justin Barrett, Richard Dawkins, Lee Kirkpatrick, Ara Norenzayan, and others.

Fall Semester. Professor Andrew Dole.

Keywords

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Offerings

2018-19: Offered in Fall 2018
Other years: Offered in Fall 2008, Fall 2012, Fall 2014, Fall 2016