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Stages of ThoughtThe Co-Evolution of Religious Thought and Science$
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Michael Horace Barnes

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780195396270

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195396270.001.0001

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Culture and Cognition

Culture and Cognition

(p.15) 1 Culture and Cognition
Stages of Thought

Michael Horace Barnes

Oxford University Press

This chapter describes the thesis of cultural evolution in more detail. This provides a clearer framework for the historical chapters which make up the bulk of this book. It also provides background for understanding and evaluating the material to the analysis of major criticisms relevant to the thesis. The general thesis of the book has two major aspects. The first is that cultural development has often included the development of new and more complex styles of thinking and expression that affect religion, science, and other locales of thought. The second is that some of these developments echo the pattern of individual cognitive development as described by Jean Piaget. Three aspects of religious thought help to identify the major forms or styles: the mode of expression, the content, and the cognitive style.

Keywords:   cultural development, Jean Piaget, operational thinking, cognitive style, primitive culture, archaic culture

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