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Hearing Voices and Other Matters of the Mind: What Mental Abnormalities Can Teach Us About Religions

Robert N. McCauley and George Graham


This book endorses an ecumenical naturalism toward all cognition, which will illuminate the long-recognized and striking similarities between features of mental disorders and features of religions. The authors emphasize underlying cognitive continuities between familiar features of religiosity, of mental disorders, and of everyday thinking and action. They contend that much religious thought and behavior can be explained in terms of the cultural activation of maturationally natural cognitive systems, which address fundamental problems of human survival, encompassing such capacities as hazard p ... More

Keywords: theory of mind, God’s voice, source monitoring, narrativity, DSM, depression, scrupulosity, OCD, ritual, autistic spectrum disorder

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2020 Print ISBN-13: 9780190091149
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2020 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780190091149.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Robert N. McCauley, author
William Rand Kenan Jr. University Professor and Director of the Center for Mind, Brain, and Culture, Emory University

George Graham, author
Retired, Formerly Professor of Philosophy, Georgia State University