Religion Evolving - Cultural, Cognitive, and Ecological Dynamics - Benjamin Grant Purzycki

Religion Evolving - Cultural, Cognitive, and Ecological Dynamics - Benjamin Grant Purzycki

Religion as a Cultural Solution to Social Living

Religion Evolving - Cultural, Cognitive, and Ecological Dynamics - Benjamin Grant Purzycki

Benjamin Grant Purzycki [+-]
Aarhus University
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Benjamin Grant Purzycki is Associate Professor in the Department of the Study of Religion at Aarhus University.
Richard Sosis [+-]
University of Connecticut
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Richard Sosis is the James Barnett Professor of Humanistic Anthropology at the University of Connecticut.

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When evolutionarily minded social scientists investigate fitness payoffs and the aforementioned “functional logic” of religion, they risk being dismissed as naive functionalists. As we embrace a form of evolutionary functionalism throughout the volume, Chapter 2 introduces this view and entertains the arguments that scholars have leveled against cultural functionalism. We show how contemporary evolutionary functionalist approaches avoid the pitfalls these scholars identify. In this chapter we also examine some of the socioecological problems that particular communities face and how religions overcome those challenges, thus bringing our analysis of beliefs, practices, and religious communication to bear on a variety of problems that religions address. This frames the discussion throughout the remainder of the volume.

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Purzycki, Benjamin; Sosis, Richard. Religion as a Cultural Solution to Social Living. Religion Evolving - Cultural, Cognitive, and Ecological Dynamics. Equinox eBooks Publishing, United Kingdom. p. 27-43 Mar 2022. ISBN 9781800500525. https://www.equinoxpub.com/home/view-chapter/?id=42783. Date accessed: 22 Jun 2024 doi: 10.1558/equinox.42783. Mar 2022

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