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Jason C. Bivins

peppering their writings with rhetorical justifications that sound exciting, daring even: ideas are contested, agon is celebrated, books look outward to “margins” and inward to “cracks.” Couched within this discourse is a story Religious Studies tells of its movement beyond “belief,” a category declared

Kathryn Lofton

In Postmodern Belief: American Literature and Religion Since 1960 (2010), literary critic Amy Hungerford asked, “Can we do without belief ?” Through close readings of work by Allen Ginsberg, Don DeLillo, and Marilynne Robinson, Hungerford answers, quite simply, “no.” Recent works of American

Marco Antonio Joven-Romero

. Williams’s (1970) statement “belief aims at truth” is basic to recent epistemic approaches that study the links between belief, truth, and pragmatic considerations ( Chan 2013; Teorema 2013 ). In this paper I consider three main positions: an epistemic one saying that beliefs aim at truth; a pragmatic one

Beliefs about Future Curriculum

How Avoidance Emotions Affect Curriculum Choice in Science

Amy Wagler and Ron Wagler

raised to reduce the chance that threatened taxa are overlooked for conservation action” (Snaddon & Turner, 2007 , p. 33). In educational settings, it may be that emotions of avoidance affect beliefs about what should or should not be included in a science curriculum. Allowing emotions of avoidance to

T.M. Luhrmann

Belief has always struck me as the wrong question, especially when it is offered as a diagnostic for determining the realness of the gods. ROBERT ORSI , Between Heaven and Earth ∵ Faith is about seeing the world as it is and experiencing it—to some extent—as the world as it

Carles Salazar

1 Introduction Understanding belief is undoubtedly one of the central topics of research in the scientific study of religion, specifically, research undertaken from a cognitive and evolutionary point of view. Traditional cognitive approaches to religious belief tended to emphasize

Jonathan Jong

Beliefs are Object-attribute Associations of Varying Strength Since Russell’s lectures on logical atomism, philosophers have commonly argued that a belief is a propositional attitude: in particular, it is the attitude that the proposition in question is true (e.g., Bogdan 1986; Dawes 2013

Bosco B. Bae

I Introduction To paraphrase Rodney Needham ( 1972 ): belief is dead. The anthropologist famously declared that the concept of belief should be abandoned as a critical category and tool of analysis for the study of religion. Like many great scholars, the conclusion has taken precedent over

Gail Fine

cognitive attitude toward a given content that falls short of knowledge counts as ignorance” (p. 30). Hence belief, including true belief, counts as a kind of ignorance. Vogt contrasts the binary distinction with a tri-partite distinction she finds in the Meno and later dialogues between ignorance, belief

Timothy R. Landry

. In fact, I thought of my own conundrum of belief as a theme that both haunted and inspired me throughout my time in Bénin. My neighbors and friends were curious but patient with me as I struggled with my disbelief in witchcraft, despite my publicly stated belief in Fá and Vodún . As I learned, I