Intentional Systems Theory as a Conceptual Framework for Religious Studies: A Scientific Method for Studying Beliefs
By: Matti Kamppinen (author)Hardback
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Investigates the philosophical assumptions in religious studies, especially in ethnography of religion.
Preface; by Luther H. Martin; 1. Intentional systems theory and the empirical study of religion; Intentional systems and common sense; Intentional systems in the works of Durkheim, Malinowski and Evans-Pritchard; Amazonian folk religion; 2. Theory of intentional systems; Systems thinking; Composition of intentional systems; Structure of intentional systems; Belief as a theoretical and functional entity; Religious intentional systems; 3. Religious contents and their dynamics; Hallmark of religious contents; Gods in Flabbergast, a constructed religion; Cultural models as systems of contents; Dynamics of contents: tradition ecology; Tradition ecology and illness models; 4. Rationality as systemic property; Rationality as a precondition of ethnographic descriptions; Rationality as an explanatory principle; Rationality and religious games; Rationality and critical study of religion; 5. Navigating in the world of uncertainty; Possible worlds; Cultural models of time; Playing against yashingo; Playing against technological risks; Playing against market forces; Playing against superior beings in archaic and modern societies; Imposing the features of religions into other cultural systems; 6. Concepts of boundary and sacred; Intentional systems and boundaries; Foundations and uses of boundaries; Sacred as a boundary that involves supernatural entities; 7. Conclusion.
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