A Natural History of Religion: The Origin and Propagation of Religious Belief

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dc.contributor.advisor Pettigrove, G en
dc.contributor.author Steiner, Luke en
dc.date.accessioned 2016-10-25T22:48:20Z en
dc.date.issued 2016 en
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/2292/30851 en
dc.description Full text is available to authenticated members of The University of Auckland only. en
dc.description.abstract This paper investigates how elements of human nature influence both the formation and propagation of religious belief. I discuss theories proposed by philosophers including: Richard Dawkins, Ludwig Feuerbach, Karl Marx, David Hume, and John Haidt, which seek to understand religious belief through natural means. By exploring how each of these theories account for religious belief, I am able to develop a complex a dialectic which links all of the philosophies discussed. This dialectic is formed through the process of critiquing a theory then supplementing it by introducing another theory which can sufficiently overcome the issues of the previous. The conclusion of this paper concerns the necessity of understanding religion as more than purely an inessential feature of human nature. When understanding religion, we must consider the nature of its origins and its propagation; however, we must also appreciate the role religion has played throughout the history of humanity and how this has impacted upon the shape of civilisation. en
dc.publisher ResearchSpace@Auckland en
dc.relation.ispartof Masters Thesis - University of Auckland en
dc.relation.isreferencedby UoA99264918501202091 en
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dc.title A Natural History of Religion: The Origin and Propagation of Religious Belief en
dc.type Thesis en
thesis.degree.discipline Philosophy en
thesis.degree.grantor The University of Auckland en
thesis.degree.level Masters en
dc.rights.holder Copyright: The author en
pubs.elements-id 543962 en
pubs.record-created-at-source-date 2016-10-26 en

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