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Breaking the spell : religion as a natural phenomenon

Author: D C Dennett
Publisher: London : Penguin Books, 2007.
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : EnglishView all editions and formats
"Religion plays such a powerful role in the world that we should try to understand it in all its complexities, but most adherents bristle at anyone who wants to investigate their practices and beliefs in a scientific manner." "In this new book, Daniel C. Dennett seeks to uncover the origins of this remarkable family of phenomena that mean so much to so many people, and to discuss why - and how - they have commanded  Read more...

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Genre/Form: Electronic books
Controversial literature
Additional Physical Format: Print version:
Dennett, D.C. (Daniel Clement).
Breaking the spell
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: D C Dennett
ISBN: 9780141903132 0141903139 9781429515238 1429515236 9781429522588 1429522585
OCLC Number: 869824909
Awards: Winner of National Book Critics Circle Awards.
Description: 1 online resource (xvi, 448 pages)
Contents: 1. Breaking which spell? --
2. Some questions about science --
3. Why good things happen --
4. The roots of religion --
5. Religion, the early days --
6. The evolution of stewardship --
7. The invention of team spirit --
8. Belief in belief --
9. Toward a buyer's guide to religions --
10. Morality and religion --
11. Now what do we do? --
App. A. The new replicators --
App. B. Some more questions about science --
App. C. The bellboy and the lady named Tuck --
App. D. Kim Philby as a real case of indeterminacy of radical interpretation.
Responsibility: Daniel C. Dennett.


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