Helen De Cruz – Appealing Arguments: What the Cognitive Science of Religion Can Tell Us About Natural Theology

                                                          

Event Date: 28 March 2013
Room B36
Birkbeck Main Building
Birkbeck, University of London
Malet Street
London WC1E 7HX

The Department of Philosophy at Birkbeck presents:

Mind & Language Conference at Birkbeck College

The Cognitive Science of Religion

Arguments for the existence of God, such as the moral, design and cosmological argument, have an enduring popularity across times and cultures. In this paper, I use tools from CSR (Cognitive science of religion) to elucidate one reason for this enduring appeal: intuitions that underlie arguments in natural theology have a stable cognitive basis and emerge early in development. These include a preference for teleological explanations, the intuition that ordered states are caused by agents, and an intuitive moral realism.

 Dr Helen De Cruz (Oxford) – Appealing Arguments: What the Cognitive Science of Religion Can Tell Us About Natural Theology

Chair: Gregory Currie (York)

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