Event Date: 28 March 2013
Birkbeck Main Building
Birkbeck, University of London
London WC1E 7HX
The Department of Philosophy at Birkbeck presents:
Mind & Language Conference at Birkbeck College
The Cognitive Science of Religion
The journal Mind & Language, founded thirty years ago, has the mission of encouraging genuinely interdisciplinary work on mind and language in psychology, philosophy, linguistics and in the cognitive sciences generally. From the beginning, it has been based in the Philosophy Department of Birkbeck College.
In addition to what is published in the journal, have mounted a number of workshops and conferences. This conference – our eighteenth – deals with the challenging topic of The Cognitive Science of Religion. Calling on work in psychology, anthropology, linguistics and philosophy, our speakers explored various ways in which we might understand human cognitive propensities to what can be broadly thought of as ‘religion’, though not, it should be said, in a formally institutional sense.
Introduction by Professor Samuel Guttenplan (Birkbeck):
Professor Dan Sperber (Institut Jean Nicod, Paris) – Apparently Irrational Practices
Chair: Samuel Guttenplan (Birkbeck)
Dr Helen De Cruz (Oxford) – Appealing Arguments: What the Cognitive Science of Religion Can Tell Us About Natural Theology
Chair: Gregory Currie (York)
Professor Maurice Bloch (LSE) – How Did ‘Religion’ Come About?
Chair: Deirdre Wilson (UCL)
Professor Frank Keil (Yale) – Order, Order Everywhere and Not an Agent to Think: The Cognitive Compulsion to Make the Argument from Design
Chair: Margaret Harris (Oxford Brookes)