Methodological Framework and the Cognitive Niche Construction

  • Matthias Herrgen
Part of the Interdisziplinäre Anthropologie book series (ANTHRO)


Foreword | Rossano’s Ritual Origins of Humanity is a major contribution towards a philosophical anthropology of religion. His description of the evolution of rituals enlarges the theoretical arguments in contemporary theories of religion,1 especially in treating specific properties of human behaviour that were already discussed in recent studies dealing with phylogenetic aspects of human psychological development. Tomasello’s recent works enlarge in an exemplary fashion philosophical anthropology’s field of discussion, bringing it into an interdisciplinary field. My commentary aims to broaden the perspective, discussing changes in the axiomatic framework of evolutionary theories (multilevel selection and group-selective approaches) involving the theory of CNC (cognitive niche construction), bringing these into the debate and referring also to other aspects of ritual(s).


Evolutionary Psychology Methodological Framework Niche Construction Contemporary Theory Multilevel Selection 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Philosophisches SeminarWestfälische Wilhelms-UniversitätMünsterDeutschland

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