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Sat Feb 19 2011

Books: Cog Sci/Pragmatics/Socioling: Downes

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        1.     Joyce Reid , Language and Religion: Downes

Message 1: Language and Religion: Downes
Date: 09-Feb-2011
From: Joyce Reid <jreidcambridge.org>
Subject: Language and Religion: Downes
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Title: Language and Religion
Subtitle: A Journey into the Human Mind
Published: 2010
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
                http://us.cambridge.org

Author: William Downes
Hardback: ISBN: 9780521792233 Pages: Price: U.K. £ 60.00
Hardback: ISBN: 9780521792233 Pages: Price: U.S. $ 99.00
Abstract:

Language and Religion offers an innovative theory of religion as a class of
cultural representations, dependent on language to unify diverse capacities
of the human mind. It argues that religion is widespread because it is
implicit in the way the mind processes the world, as it determines what we
ought to do, practically and morally, to achieve our goals. Focusing on the
world religions, the book relates modern cognitive theories of language and
communication to culture and its dissemination. It explains basic features
of religion such as the supernatural, the normative, abstract and ideal
theological concepts such as 'God', and religious feeling. It develops a
linguistic theory, based on how utterances are understood, of metaphysical
and moral 'mysteries' and their key role in thought and action. It shows
how such concepts gain strength in the light of their successful use, and
when tempered by criticism, can also have genuine authority.

Introduction;

1. A cognitive theory of religion;
2. The supernatural and the uses of the intentional;
3. Dissemination and the comprehension of mysteries;
4. Pragmatics and pragmatism;
5. Authority;
6. Conceptual innovation and revelatory language.


Linguistic Field(s): Cognitive Science
                            Pragmatics
                            Sociolinguistics

Written In: English (eng )

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