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Boyer, Pascal

Overview
Works: 30 works in 213 publications in 9 languages and 6,558 library holdings
Genres: History  Criticism, interpretation, etc 
Roles: Author, Editor, Translator, Other, Thesis advisor
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Most widely held works by Pascal Boyer
The naturalness of religious ideas : a cognitive theory of religion by Pascal Boyer( )

11 editions published in 1994 in English and held by 1,774 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Religion explained : the evolutionary origins of religious thought by Pascal Boyer( Book )

19 editions published between 2001 and 2007 in 3 languages and held by 1,708 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Many of us have endless questions about faith, spirituality, and the place of religious thinking in the world. But one central question - perhaps the central question - about religion has remained strangely inaccessible: Why do we have it at all? Until recently, if you'd asked this of most anthropologists, they'd have told you that the question was ill-formulated and too vague to be of scientific interest." "In fact, the intellectual tools for thinking about the problem simply didn't exist. Now, says Pascal Boyer, they do, provided by theories and research in evolutionary biology and cognitive psychology."--Jacket
Memory in mind and culture by Pascal Boyer( Book )

22 editions published in 2009 in English and held by 1,119 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This text introduces readers to the issues of human memory broadly considered, encompassing both individual memory, collective remembering by societies, and the construction of history. The book is organized around several major questions: How do memories construct our past? How do we build shared collective memories? How does memory shape history? --from publisher description
Tradition as truth and communication : a cognitive description of traditional discourse by Pascal Boyer( Book )

25 editions published between 1990 and 2006 in English and held by 512 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Tradition is a central concept in the social sciences, but it is commonly treated as unproblematic. Dr. Boyer insists that social anthropology requires a theory of tradition, its constitution and transmission. He treats tradition "as a type of interaction which results in the repetition of certain communicative events," and therefore as a form of social action. Tradition as Truth and Communication deals particularly with oral communication and focuses on the privileged role of licensed speakers and the ritual contexts in which certain aspects of tradition are characteristically transmitted. Drawing on cognitive psychology, Dr. Boyer proposes a set of general hypotheses to be tested by ethnographic field research. He has opened up an important new field for investigation within social anthropology
Cognitive aspects of religious symbolism by Pascal Boyer( Book )

23 editions published between 1992 and 2011 in English and held by 400 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

How are religious ideas represented, acquired and transmitted? Confronted with religious practices, anthropologists have typically been content with sociological generalisations, informed by vague, intuitive models of cognitive processes. Yet modern cognitive theories promise a fresh understanding of how religious ideas are learnt; and if the same cognitive processes can be shown to underlie all reiigious ideologies, then the comparative study of religions will be placed on a wholly new footing. The present book is a contribution to this ambitious programme. In closely focused essays, a group of anthropologists debate the particular nature of religious concepts and categories, and begin to specify the cognitive constraints on cultural acquisition and transmission
Minds make societies : how cognition explains the world humans create by Pascal Boyer( Book )

8 editions published in 2018 in English and Undetermined and held by 243 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A watershed book that masterfully integrates insights from evolutionary biology, genetics, psychology, economics, and more to explore the development and workings of human societies "There is no good reason why human societies should not be described and explained with the same precision and success as the rest of nature." Thus argues evolutionary psychologist Pascal Boyer in this uniquely innovative book. Integrating recent insights from evolutionary biology, genetics, psychology, economics, and other fields, he offers precise models of why humans engage in social behaviors such as forming families, tribes, and nations, or creating gender roles. In fascinating, thought-provoking passages, he explores questions such as, Why is there conflict between groups? Why do people believe low-value information like rumors? Why are there religions? What is social justice? What explains morality? Boyer provides a new picture of cultural transmission that draws on the pragmatics of human communication, the constructive nature of memory in human brains, and human motivation for group formation and cooperation
Religion explained : the human instincts that fashion gods, spirits and ancestors by Pascal Boyer( Book )

20 editions published between 2001 and 2008 in English and held by 205 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Religion Explained explores the nature of human religious belief, and what it can tell us about human psychology and evolution - an area that is almost as universal and central to our shared humanity as our common use of language
Et l'homme créa les dieux : comment expliquer la religion by Pascal Boyer( Book )

20 editions published between 2001 and 2015 in 5 languages and held by 158 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A la lumière d'un siècle de recherches anthropologiques et celles des vingt dernières années en biologie de l'évolution et en psychologie expérimentale, l'ouvrage répond à une question essentielle : pourquoi la religion existe-t-elle?
Une vie dans le langage : autoportrait d'un savant by Roman Jakobson( Book )

5 editions published between 1984 and 1985 in French and held by 137 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Roman Jakobson reste lʹun des plus grands linguistes de ce siècle, et lʹun de ses savants les plus prestigieux. Entre 1962 et 1982, il a réuni lʹensemble de ses publications en sept gros volumes, un par domaine étudié ; et il a écrit sept conclusions, à la fois bilan dʹune vie et testament pour le futur. Ces domaines sont les suivants : linguistique générale, phonologie, histoire des langues et des littératures, étude du folklore, métrique, poésie de la grammaire et grammaire de la poésie et une conclusion générale intitulée "Mes thèmes favoris". Lʹensemble de ces conclusions forme le présent livre qui permet dʹembrasser dʹun seul regard les recherches linguistiques du XXe siècle et en même temps dessine un autoportrait émouvant. Par son œuvre Jakobson contribue à transcender, non seulement la séparation entre différentes disciplines scientifiques (linguistique, philologie, poétique, psychologie, biologie ...), mais aussi celle entre science et art. Non quʹil pratique une écriture "artiste". Mais il incarne de façon si exemplaire le personnage du créateur, que la distinction entre types de création perd de son intérêt. Ce nʹest pas un hasard si ses premiers amis et maîtres sont des poètes et des peintres, et si, lorsquʹon lui demande qui lʹa le plus influencé, il répond : Stravinski, Picasso, Joyce ... Par son existence même, Jakobson prouve quʹil nʹy a pas de frontière étanche entre art et science. -- Publisher description
The fracture of an illusion : science and the dissolution of religion by Pascal Boyer( Book )

12 editions published in 2010 in English and German and held by 118 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Pascal Boyer argues that religion is largely an illusion. The anthropologist traces religion's cognitive and evolutionary aspects. By "religion" he means a kind of existential and cognitive "package" that includes views about supernatural agency (gods), notions of morality, particular rituals and sometimes particular experiences, as well as membership in a particular community of believers. The package, however, does not really exist as such. Notions of supernatural agents, of morality, of ethnic identity, or ritual requirements and other experience, all appear in human minds independently. This implies that there is no such thing as a conflict between science and religion. Boyer takes the reader onto a journey through science and the dissolution of religion" -- from publisher description
Barricades mystérieuses & pièges à pensée : introduction à l'analyse des épopées fang by Pascal Boyer( Book )

11 editions published in 1988 in French and held by 61 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

La religion comme phénomène naturel by Pascal Boyer( Book )

5 editions published in 1997 in French and held by 57 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Pourquoi tous les hommes ont-ils des idées religieuses? En s'appuyant sur l'étude des croyances magiques, du contenu des concepts religieux, de la structure des rituels aussi bien que de la façon dont se construisent les traditions, l'auteur de cet ouvrage paru en anglais en 1994 propose une vision nouvelle de la religion
Y el hombre cre©đ a los dioses by Pascal Boyer( )

1 edition published in 2007 in Spanish and held by 16 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Pascal Boyer pone a nuestro alcance los descubrimientos m©Łs recientes de la psicolog©Ưa cognocitiva, la antropolog©Ưa, la ling©ơistica y la biolog©Ưa evolutiva para explicar que las creencias religiosas y los comportamientos religiosos no son un misterio insondable, tienen una explicaci©đn: todo se debe a la manera como funciona nuestro cerebro. Como resultado de la evoluci©đn, nuestro cerebro tiene la capacidad para adquirir cierto tipo de ideas religiosas, en especial con la muerte, la moral y los ritos. La fuerza de estas ideas es tal que lleva a los hombres a entregarse a ellas y, en casos extremos, a la intolerancia y el fanatismo
Kami wa naze irunoka by Pascal Boyer( )

4 editions published between 2007 and 2008 in English and Japanese and held by 15 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The first classic of 21st-century anthropology."--John Tooby and Leda Cosmides, University of California, Santa Barbara
Tradition as Truth and Communication by Pascal Boyer( )

1 edition published in 2011 in English and held by 5 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Human cognition and cultural evolution by Pascal Boyer( )

3 editions published in 1999 in English and held by 3 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Les figures du savoir initiatique by Pascal Boyer( )

3 editions published in 1980 in French and held by 3 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Cognitive aspects of religious symbolism by Pascal Boyer( )

1 edition published in 1993 in English and held by 3 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

MAUVAISE REDUCTION DES VARIETES DE DRINFELD ET CONJECTURE DE LANGLANDS LOCALE by Pascal Boyer( Book )

2 editions published in 1998 in French and held by 3 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

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Le statut des forgerons et ses justifications symboliques : une hypothèse cognitive by Pascal Boyer( )

1 edition published in 1983 in French and held by 2 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

 
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Religion explained : the evolutionary origins of religious thought
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Religion explained : the evolutionary origins of religious thoughtMemory in mind and cultureTradition as truth and communication : a cognitive description of traditional discourseCognitive aspects of religious symbolismReligion explained : the human instincts that fashion gods, spirits and ancestorsThe fracture of an illusion : science and the dissolution of religion
Alternative Names
Boyer, Pascal

Boyer Pascal 19..-.... ethnologue

Boyer, Pascal Robert

Pascal Boyer amerykański antropolog

Pascal Boyer Frans antropoloog

Pascal Boyer französischer Psychologe und Anthropologe

Pascal Boyer French anthropologist

Буайе, Паскаль

Паскал Бойер

باسكال بوير

پاسکال بویر

보이어, 파스칼

パスカル・ボイヤー

ボイヤー, パスカル

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