Intentional Systems Theory as a Conceptual Framework for Religious Studies. A Scientific Method for Studying Beliefs

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This book investigates the philosophical assumptions in religious studies, especially
in ethnography of religion. The central claim is that religious studies treats its study object as an intentional system. This system’s behaviour can be described, explained and predicted on the basis of its internal representations.


“. . . an important contribution to the on-going critical debate over the methodology of religious studies.” – Prof. Sami Pihlström University of Helsinki

“. . . a convincing argument in favour ofthe intentional systems approach, to religion, a scientific approach deeply embedded in and in line with folk psychology. . .” – Prof. Dr Tim Jensen University of Southern Denmark

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