Of Gods and Man: The Biocognitive Turn in Religious Studies Public Deposited

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  • Aghapour, Andrew
    • Affiliation: College of Arts and Sciences, Department of Religious Studies
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  • This thesis surveys and analyzes the biocognitive turn in Religious Studies over the last decade, which is characterized by a rise in cognitive and evolutionary accounts of religious beliefs and practices. Using Michel Foucault's archaeological method, I analyze three key discourses--evolutionary and cognitive explanations of religion, sui generis defenses of religion as irreducible by science, and inaugural projects for streamlining Religious Studies--with attention to how they mobilize a set of shared intellectual categories and presuppositions. Central to all of these biocognitive discourses, I argue, is Foucault's analytic of finitude, or the epistemological framing of Man as both an object of knowledge and a subject who knows.
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  • Styers, Randall
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  • Master of Arts
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  • 2012
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