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dc.contributor.authorLevy, Gabriel
dc.date.accessioned2022-04-29T14:13:48Z
dc.date.available2022-04-29T14:13:48Z
dc.date.issued2021
dc.identifierONIX_20220429_9780262367684_3
dc.identifier.urihttps://directory.doabooks.org/handle/20.500.12854/80921
dc.description.abstractAn approach to understanding religion that draws on both humanities and natural science but rejects approaches that employ simple monisms and radical dualisms. In Beyond Heaven and Earth, Gabriel Levy argues that collective religious narratives and beliefs are part of nature; they are the basis for the formation of the narratives and beliefs of individuals. Religion grows out of the universe, but to make sense of it we have to recognize the paradox that the universe is both mental and material (or neither). We need both humanities and natural science approaches to study religion and religious meaning, Levy contends, but we must also recognize the limits of these approaches. First, we must make the dominant metaphysics that undergird the various disciplines of science and humanities more explicit, and second, we must reject those versions of metaphysics that maintain simple monisms and radical dualisms. Bringing Donald Davidson's philosophy—a form of pragmatism known as anomalous monism—to bear on religion, Levy offers a blueprint for one way that the humanities and natural sciences can have a mutually respectful dialogue. Levy argues that in order to understand religions we have to take their semantic content seriously. We need to rethink such basic concepts as narrative fiction, information, agency, creativity, technology, and intimacy. In the course of his argument, Levy considers the relation between two closely related semantics, fiction and religion, and outlines a new approach to information. He then applies his theory to discrete cases: ancient texts, modern media, and intimacy.
dc.languageEnglish
dc.relation.ispartofseriesThe MIT Press
dc.subject.classificationbic Book Industry Communication::H Humanities::HR Religion & beliefs::HRA Religion: general::HRAM Religious issues & debates
dc.subject.classificationbic Book Industry Communication::G Reference, information & interdisciplinary subjects::GT Interdisciplinary studies::GTR Cognitive science
dc.subject.classificationbic Book Industry Communication::H Humanities::HP Philosophy::HPJ Philosophy: metaphysics & ontology
dc.subject.otherreligion
dc.subject.otherreligious
dc.subject.otherpsychology
dc.subject.otherevolution
dc.subject.othermind
dc.subject.otherscience
dc.subject.otherphilosophy
dc.subject.otherDonald Davidson
dc.subject.otheranomalous monism
dc.subject.othermetaphysics
dc.subject.otherlanguage
dc.subject.otherlinguistics
dc.subject.otherscience studies
dc.subject.otherfiction
dc.subject.othercelebrity
dc.subject.othercelebrities
dc.subject.othersurprise
dc.subject.othercomedy
dc.subject.otherJoe Rogan
dc.subject.othernarrative
dc.subject.othernarratives
dc.subject.othermyth
dc.subject.othermyths
dc.subject.othercognition
dc.subject.othercognitive science
dc.subject.otherJudaism
dc.subject.otheralien
dc.subject.otheraliens
dc.subject.othercommunication
dc.subject.otherinformation
dc.subject.otherintimacy
dc.subject.othersemantics
dc.subject.otheranimal
dc.subject.otheranimals
dc.subject.otheranimal communication
dc.subject.otherlife
dc.subject.otherlife sciences
dc.subject.otherorigin of life
dc.subject.othertwo cultures
dc.subject.otheranthropomorphism
dc.subject.otheragency
dc.subject.otherexplanation of religion
dc.subject.otherscience and religion
dc.subject.othermeaning
dc.subject.othersystems theory
dc.subject.otheranimism
dc.subject.othercosmology
dc.subject.othermonism
dc.subject.otherdualism
dc.subject.othernature
dc.subject.othernaturalistic approach
dc.titleBeyond Heaven and Earth
dc.title.alternativeA Cognitive Theory of Religion
dc.typebook
oapen.identifier.doi10.7551/mitpress/14077.001.0001
oapen.relation.isPublishedByae0cf962-f685-4933-93d1-916defa5123d
oapen.relation.isbn9780262367684
oapen.relation.isbn9780262543248
oapen.imprintThe MIT Press
oapen.pages264
oapen.place.publicationCambridge


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