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Understanding religion : selected essays

Author: Benson Saler
Publisher: Berlin ; New York : Walter de Gruyter, 2009.
Series: Religion and reason, 48.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Consists of 12 essays published by the author between the years 1997-2007, a thirteenth paper read at a conference in 2006, and a long introduction prepared specifically for the collection.

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Genre/Form: Aufsatzsammlung
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Benson Saler
ISBN: 9783110218657 3110218658
OCLC Number: 320802412
Notes: "Twelve of the essays selected for this collection were published between 1997 and 2007. One essay, Culture in phylogenetic perspective : an appreciation of the contributions of A.I. Hallowell, was not actually published; it was read at a conference at Aarhus University in 2006. Most of the published essays were originally conference papers"--Preface.
Description: 245 pages ; 24 cm.
Contents: Part I: Orientations --
Introduction --
The ethnographer as pontifex --
Part II: Homage to three pioneers --
E.B. Tylor and the anthropology of religion --
Culture in phylogenetic perspective : an appreciation of the contributions of A.I. Hallowell --
Part III: Beliefs --
On what we may believe about beliefs --
Finding Wayú religion --
On credulity --
Secondary beliefs and the alien abduction phenomenon --
Part IV: Studying religion : some conceptual issues --
Family resemblance and the definition of religion --
Conceptualizing religion : the matter of boundaries --
Comparison : some suggestions for improving the inevitable --
Biology and religion : on establishing a problematic --
Toward a realistic and relevant science of religion.
Series Title: Religion and reason, 48.
Responsibility: Benson Saler.

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