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Straight out of Durkheim? Haidt’s Neo-Durkheimian account of religion and the cognitive science of religion

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Jon Haidt, a leading figure in contemporary moral psychology, advocates a participation-centric view of religion, according to which participation in religious communal activity is significantly more important than belief in explaining religious behaviour and commitment. He describes the participation-centric view as ‘Straight out of Durkheim’. I argue that this is a misreading of Durkheim, who held that religious behaviour and commitment are the joint products of belief and participation, wi...

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Peer reviewed

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10.1007/s11841-018-0650-0

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Institution:
University of Oxford
Division:
HUMS
Department:
Philosophy Faculty
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Author
ORCID:
0000-0001-5692-0031
Publisher:
Springer Publisher's website
Journal:
Sophia Journal website
Volume:
59
Issue:
2
Pages:
197–210
Publication date:
2018-07-14
Acceptance date:
2018-03-10
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EISSN:
1873-930X
ISSN:
0038-1527
Source identifiers:
983871
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English
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2019-03-22

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