International Journal for Philosophy of Religion

, Volume 84, Issue 2, pp 263–267 | Cite as

Helen De Cruz and Ryan Nichols (eds): Advances in Religion, Cognitive Science, and Experimental Philosophy

Bloomsbury Press, London, 2016, 221 pp, $35.95 (pb)
  • Meghan D. PageEmail author
Book Review

In Advances in Religion, Cognitive Science, and Experimental Philosophy, editors Helen De Cruz and Ryan Nichols aim to provide empirical insights that are applicable to contemporary pursuits in philosophy of religion. They succeed in this goal, presenting a collection that both offers philosophers access to a wealth of scientific information, and sketches novel, interdisciplinary approaches to longstanding philosophical problems concerning religious belief. Anyone not acquainted with philosophically relevant studies of religious belief in cognitive science and psychology will learn a great deal from this book, as will those unfamiliar with recent and promising applications of experimental philosophy to the study of religion.

While the volume clearly exemplifies how cognitive science of religion (CSR) can and should broaden the way we approach traditionally philosophical questions (i.e. is there an afterlife?), it also reveals a perhaps too-narrow focus within CSR itself. The starting...


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Loyola University MarylandBaltimoreUSA

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