Durkheim: Cognitive functions of religion

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  • Durkheim: Cognitive functions of religion
    • Religion is the source of our "cognitive capacities" (our ability to think and reason conceptually).
    • In order to think, we need categories such as time and space.
    • Religion provides the concepts and categories we need for understanding the world and communicating with others.
    • Durkheim and Mauss: Religion provides basic categories such as time, space and causation.
      • For example: With ideas of a creator at the beginning of time.
    • Religion is the origin of human thought, science and reason.


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