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Breaking the Spell

Breaking the Spell

Religion as a Natural Phenomenon

by Daniel C. Dennett

Paperback / softback Age range: + years old Publication Date: 06/02/2007

 
The New York Times bestseller - a "crystal-clear, constantly engaging" (Jared Diamond) exploration of the role that religious belief plays in our lives and our interactions

For all the thousands of books that have been written about religion, few until this one have attempted to examine it scientifically: to ask why--and how--it has shaped so many lives so strongly. Is religion a product of blind evolutionary instinct or rational choice? Is it truly the best way to live a moral life? Ranging through biology, history, and psychology, Daniel C. Dennett charts religion's evolution from "wild" folk belief to "domesticated" dogma. Not an antireligious screed but an unblinking look beneath the veil of orthodoxy, Breaking the Spell will be read and debated by believers and skeptics alike.

ISBN:
9780143038337
9780143038337
Category:
Religious groups: social & cultural aspects
Age range:
+ years old
Format:
Paperback / softback
Publication Date:
06-02-2007
Language:
English
Publisher:
Penguin Publishing Group
Country of origin:
United States
Dimensions (mm):
212.6x137.16x22.86mm
Weight:
0.36kg
Daniel C. Dennett

Daniel C. Dennett is the University Professor and Austin B. Fletcher Professor of Philosophy at Tufts University.

He is the author of numerous books including Intuition Pumps and Other Tools for Thinking, Breaking the Spell, Darwin's Dangerous Idea, and Consciousness Explained.

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