Brain Laterality and Religious Awareness

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    Abstract: Iain McGilchrist’s The Master and His Emissary makes an important distinction between two different human ways of relating to the world, which may be described respectively as a ‘connected’ mode, and an ‘abstracted’ mode. In this paper, three questions are raised about this. First, how far does the distinction really depend on the scientific findings about brain laterality that McGilchrist invokes? Second, what are its implications for the current practice of philosophy in general and philosophy of religion in particular, especially in the anglophone world? And third, what lessons can be drawn about the status of religious thought and practice in the modern scientific age?
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)362-368
    JournalReligion, Brain and Behaviour
    Issue number4
    Early online date26 Jun 2019
    Publication statusPublished - 1 Nov 2019


    • brain science; hemisphere; meaning; phenomenology; religious experience.

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