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Religion and the Philosophy of Life

Gavin Flood

Abstract

This book considers how religion as the source of civilization transforms the fundamental bio-sociology of humans through language and the somatic exploration of religious ritual and prayer. It offers an integrative account of the nature of the human, based on what contemporary scientists tell us, especially evolutionary science and social neuroscience, as well as through the history of civilizations. Part I contemplates fundamental questions and assumptions: the current state of knowledge concerning life itself, the philosophical issues in that understanding, and how we can explain religion a ... More

Keywords: religion, life, civilization, philosophy of life, evolution, social cognition

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2019 Print ISBN-13: 9780198836124
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: March 2019 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780198836124.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Gavin Flood, author
Professor of Hindu Studies and Comparative Religion, University of Oxford