Religion and Neuroscience

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This chapter considers two issues that have gained currency in contemporary philosophy because of the recent surge of liberal naturalist attitude that endeavours to place self, mind, consciousness and religious belief back into nature. The first issue, at the intersection of philosophy of religion and cognitive science, concerns the ubiquity and transmission of cross-cultural religious belief despite being condemned by sceptics as an evolutionary costly negative social force. The second issue, at the intersection of philosophy of mind and cognitive science, concerns whether Buddhist philosophy and its associated first-person methodologies can lead to reconceptualization and perhaps a richer understanding of the very notion of consciousness.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationA Companion to Applied Philosophy
EditorsKasper Lippert-Rasmussen, Kimberley Brownlee, David Coady
Place of PublicationChichester West Sussex UK
Number of pages15
ISBN (Electronic)9781118869123
ISBN (Print)9781118869130
Publication statusPublished - 2017

Publication series

NameBlackwell Companions to Philosophy
PublisherWiley Blackwell


  • liberal naturalism
  • cognitive science
  • religious belief
  • Buddhism
  • neuroscience

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Chadha, M. (2017). Religion and Neuroscience. In K. Lippert-Rasmussen, K. Brownlee, & D. Coady (Eds.), A Companion to Applied Philosophy (1st ed., pp. 567-581). (Blackwell Companions to Philosophy; No. 63). Wiley-Blackwell.