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Culture and Cognition

Michael Horace Barnes

in Stages of Thought

Published in print August 2009 | ISBN: 9780195396270
Published online October 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780199852482 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195396270.003.0002
Culture and Cognition

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This chapter describes the thesis of cultural evolution in more detail. This provides a clearer framework for the historical chapters which make up the bulk of this book. It also provides background for understanding and evaluating the material to the analysis of major criticisms relevant to the thesis. The general thesis of the book has two major aspects. The first is that cultural development has often included the development of new and more complex styles of thinking and expression that affect religion, science, and other locales of thought. The second is that some of these developments echo the pattern of individual cognitive development as described by Jean Piaget. Three aspects of religious thought help to identify the major forms or styles: the mode of expression, the content, and the cognitive style.

Keywords: cultural development; Jean Piaget; operational thinking; cognitive style; primitive culture; archaic culture

Chapter.  8323 words. 

Subjects: Religious Studies

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