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Religion understood in relation to the human nature
Södertörn University, School of Historical and Contemporary Studies, The Study of Religions.
2021 (English)Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

The study of the phenomenon of religion is a field that has many challenges regarding what its object of study is and how to observe and interpret the different religious phenomenon in a way that reflects both its origin and how its practiced. The study is carried out through a philosophical approach. In this essay Lua Nazerian intends to address the four different theoretical perspectives: Critical Religion Theory, Cognitive Sciences of Religion, Positive Psychology and Platonic Idealism. The two former ones are well established theoretical frameworks in the study of religion, while the two latter ones are lend from the field of psychology and philosophy to test whether they could be used as analytical tools in the study of religion. Moreover the perspectives different view on the human nature in particular are further examined through the lens of the subcategories: Materialism, Conceptualism and Realism. Furthermore, by adding the two subcategories of 1) a virtuous life 2) transcendence, the essay examines whether the perspectives touches on these topics which seems to be central concepts in the majority of religious doctrine. Finally, some possible conclusions of the perspectives inherent premises impacting the understanding of religion are carefully examined and presented. Suggested further studies to be done cross-disciplines, such as religious studies, positive psychology and philosophy. Also by a combination of descriptive and prescriptive approach within religious studies. 

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2021. , p. 50
Keywords [en]
Religion, Philosophy, Virtue, Virtuous, Transcendent, Human nature, Platonic Idealism, Socrates, Positive Psychology, Cognitive Sciences of Religion, Critical Religion Theory, Realism, Materialism, Conceptualism.
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Religious Studies
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URN: urn:nbn:se:sh:diva-48389OAI: oai:DiVA.org:sh-48389DiVA, id: diva2:1637143
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The Study of Religions
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