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The Believing PrimateScientific, Philosophical, and Theological Reflections on the Origin of Religion$
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Jeffrey Schloss and Michael Murray

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780199557028

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199557028.001.0001

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Explaining Religious Experience

Explaining Religious Experience

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(p.200) 10 Explaining Religious Experience
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The Believing Primate
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Charles Taliaferro

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199557028.003.0011

This chapter highlights the importance of methodology in order to explain the religious experience the same way with the philosophy of mind. It focuses on the works of Daniel Dennett such as ‘Breaking the Spell; Religion as a Natural Phenomenon’, which has his own approach to such religious experiences by asking who benefits from them or reports of them. Dennett contends that truly to explain intentionality and consciousness in humans and other animals, someone needs to account for them in non-intentional and non-conscious terms.

Keywords:   Daniel Dennett, Breaking the Spell, Religion as a Natural Phenomenon, religious experience

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