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LINGUIST List 24.248

Mon Jan 14 2013

Books: Language and Religion: Downes

Editor for this issue: Rebekah McClure <rebekahlinguistlist.org>

Date: 08-Jan-2013
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
Publication Year: 2013
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
http://us.cambridge.org

Author: William Downes

Paperback: ISBN: 9780521796736 Pages: Price: U.K. £ 22.99
Paperback: ISBN: 9780521796736 Pages: Price: U.S. $ 34.99


Abstract:

Please Note: This is a new, paperback edition of a previously announced book.

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.

'A rich, dense and engaging application of linguistic theory to the problem of
religious concepts, ways of thinking, and experience.' Nigel Fabb, University
of Strathclyde

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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