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A secular mind: towards a cognitive anthropology of atheism

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This thesis presents descriptive and explanatory accounts of both non-theism, the lack of belief in the existence of supernatural agents, and strong atheism, the moral opposition to such beliefs on the grounds that they are both harmful and signs of weak character. Based on my fieldwork with non-theist groups and individuals in the United States, United Kingdom, and Denmark, an online survey of over 3,000 non-theists from over 50 countries, and theories from both the social and cognitive sci...

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University of Oxford
Division:
SSD
Department:
SAME
Sub department:
Social & Cultural Anthropology
Oxford college:
Magdalen College
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SAME
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Publication date:
2010
Type of award:
DPhil
Level of award:
Doctoral
Awarding institution:
Oxford University, UK

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