Towards a Unified Science of Religion: University of Otago

Towards a Unified Science of Religion
A Conference Sponsored by the Department of Philosophy,
University of Otago, Dunedin, New Zealand


12-14 February 2010.


The belief in gods, demons, and other supernatural agents is a persistent
feature of human culture, which cries out for explanation. In the last
twenty-five years explanations of religion have reached a new level of
sophistication. We now have a range of different scientific theories of
religion, in cognitive science, anthropology, and evolutionary psychology,
drawing upon a significant body of empirical data. This conference,
sponsored by the Department of Philosophy at the University of Otago, will
bring together researchers from these different disciplines and different
theoretical perspectives, to explore the possibility of a unified science
of religion.

Call for Papers

Participants are invited to submit paper proposals presenting original
research on any topic related to the theme of the conference. The proposal
should take the form of an abstract of no more than 200 words, and should
be submitted electronically (along with contact details) to the conference
secretary: Jonathan Jong (jonathan/at/psy.otago.ac.nz) by 15 December 2009.

Further Information

Further details about registration and accommodation and will be available
on this site soon. The conference programme will be available on this site
in late December.

Conference Organisers: James Maclaurin and Greg Dawes.
Conference Secretary: Jonathan Jong

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