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Adapting adaptation: An analysis of the adaptation discourse in the evolutionary sciences of religion

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dc.contributor.author Bie, Audun Sagedal
dc.date.accessioned 2012-03-06T08:53:54Z
dc.date.available 2012-03-06T08:53:54Z
dc.date.issued 2011-11-21
dc.date.submitted 2011-11-21 en
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/1956/5697
dc.description.abstract Scientists studying religion in light of evolution are generally divisible into two schools: One that considers religion an evolutionary adaptation, and one that considers it a by-product of other traits. I argue that the concept of adaptation is more complex than as it has been presented in the science of religion, and refer to issues in the biological discourse. I then compare to the debate of religion's adaptive status, showing that several new research questions arise in this way. In particular, I advocate studying cultural evolution, and playing down the distinction between adaptationist and by-product theories. The thesis closes with a general recommendation of an evolutionary approach to the study of religion. en
dc.format.extent 681946 bytes en
dc.format.mimetype application/pdf en
dc.language.iso eng en
dc.publisher The University of Bergen en
dc.subject Religion en
dc.subject Adaptation en
dc.subject By-product en
dc.subject Evolution en
dc.title Adapting adaptation: An analysis of the adaptation discourse in the evolutionary sciences of religion en
dc.type Master thesis en
dc.type.degree Master i Religionsvitenskap en
dc.type.course RELV350 en
dc.subject.nsi VDP::Humanities: 000::Theology and religious science: 150 en
dc.subject.archivecode Mastergrad en
dc.subject.nus 714999 en
dc.type.program MAHF-RELV en


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