Eric Chaim Kline, Bookseller

Eric Chaim Kline, Bookseller

Religion as a Human Capacity : A Festschrift in Honor of E. Thomas Lawson

Leiden: Brill, 2004. First edition. Hardcover. Octavo. xii, 462pp. Indices and 22 page bibliography. Pictorial buckram, lavender spine lettered in white & black. Frontispiece portrait. A near fine, but ex-library copy with a minimal rubber library stamp on title page and at bottom edge of text block.

Prepared in honor of E. Thomas Lawson, the essays in Religion as a Human Capacity represent diverse points of view in the study of religion today. Part I, “Theoretical Studies,” offers a broad range of cognitivist theoretical explorations, while Part II, “Studies in Religious Behavior,” presents cutting-edge applications of cognitive and other contemporary theories to religious data. This volume celebrates Lawson’s critical contributions to cognitive studies of religion and the degree to which his ultimate goal of scholarship as a search for truth is matched by those who have been his colleagues and been influenced by him. Religion as a Human Capacity will be of interest to all those concerned with theory and method in the academic study of religion. (Publisher)

Contents: A Brief Intellectual Biography of E. Thomas Lawson /; Brian C. Wilson --; Religion as a Human Capacity /; Timothy Light --; Theoretical Studies --; Out Of Africa: Lessons From a By-product of Evolution /; Pascal Boyer --; Is Religion a Rube Goldberg Device? Or Oh, What a Difference a Theory Makes! /; Robert N. McCauley --; Why Do We Need Cognitive Theories of Religion? /; Harvey Whitehouse --; Can Science Fabricate Meaning? On Ritual, Religion, and the Academic Study of Religion /; Donald Wiebe --; Pathways to Knowledge in Comparative Religion: Learning Ground for New Conceptual Resources /; Veikko Anttonen --; Comparative Religion in the State of Nature /; William E. Paden --; Toward a Discourse Between Cognitive and Critical Theoreticians of Religion: Open Dialectic Between the Religious and the Secular /; Rudolf J. Siebert --; Dispatches from the "Religion" Wars /; Russell T. McCutcheon --; Studies in Religious Behavior --; Exploring Theories of Religious Violence: Nigeria's "Maitatsine" Phenomenon /; Rosalind I.J. Hackett --; What Does Jerusalem Have to Do with Amecameca? A Case Study of Colonial Mexican Sacred Space /; Brian C. Wilson --; Different Vibes: Rethinking Religion, Yet Again /; Francis L. Gross, Jr. --; Ritual Competence and Mithraic Ritual /; Luther H. Martin --; Bringing Data to Mind: Empirical Claims of Lawson and McCauley's Theory of Religious Ritual /; Justin L. Barrett --; Communities, Ritual Violence, and Cognition: On Hopi Indian Initiations /; Armin W. Geertz --; On Credulity /; Benson Saler.

Volume 99 of Brill's "Numen Book Series: Studies in the History of Religions." near fine. Item #52838
ISBN: 9789004126763

Price: $45.00