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Counterfactuality in counterintuitive religious concepts

Published online by Cambridge University Press:  15 June 2005

Justin L. Barrett*
Affiliation:
Harrow Lane, Lexington, VA 24450

Abstract:

In sketching a preliminary scientific theory of religion, Atran & Norenzayan (A&N) generally agree with cognitive scientists of religion in the factors that coalesce to form religion. At times they misrepresent, however, the notion of “counterintuitive” concepts as they apply to religious concepts, confusing counterintuitive with counterfactual, category mistakes, and logical contradiction.

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