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Language and Religion A Journey into the Human Mind

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ISBN-10: 0521796733

ISBN-13: 9780521796736

Edition: N/A

Authors: William Downes

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Language and Religious offers an innovative theory of religion as a class of cultural representations, dependent on language to unify diverse capacities of the human mind. It argues that religion is widespread because it is implicit in the way the mind processes the world, as it determines what we ought to do, practically and morally, to achieve our goals. Focusing on the world religions, the book relates modern cognitive theories of language and communication to culture and its dissemination. It explains basic features of religion such as the supernatural, the normative, abstract and ideal theological concepts such as 'God', and religious feeling. It develops a linguistic theory, based on…    
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Book details

List price: $46.99
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publication date: 1/3/2013
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 290
Size: 5.98" wide x 9.02" long x 0.59" tall
Weight: 0.880
Language: English

William Downes is currently a Senior Fellow in the School of Language and Communication Studies at the University of East Anglia, Norwich, UK, and Adjunct Professor of English and Linguistics at Glendon College, York University, Toronto. Educated at Queen's University and the University of Toronto and at University College London, he has taught at York University, Toronto, and in England at the London School of Economics and the University of East Anglia. He has been a Northrop Frye Fellow at Victoria College and Senior Resident at Massey College, University of Toronto. His most recent book Language and Religion: A Journey into the Human Mind was published in 2011 by Cambridge University…    

List of figures
Acknowledgements
Introduction
A cognitive theory of religion
The supernatural and the uses of the intentional
Dissemination and the comprehension of mysteries
Pragmatics and pragmatism
Authority
Conceptual innovation and revelatory language
References
Index