Transition, transformation, transmission: Blood libel from the perspective of the Cognitive Science of Religion



Year of publication 2015
Type Appeared in Conference without Proceedings
MU Faculty or unit

Faculty of Arts

Description Blood libel has been traditionally studied within historical discourses, by using mostly comparative or descriptive methods, which are on the one hand important for elemental understanding of the phenomenon but lack on the other hand possibility of going beyond their own limits. However, Cognitive Science of Religion provides different methods, tools and perspectives which seem to enable a deeper insight into the blood libel phenomenon and open a wider room for scientific discussion. To support this assertion I would like to present a conference paper on Dan Sperber’s concept of culturally transmitted misbeliefs and its applicability on the blood libel phenomenon, specifically on the Leopold Hilsner’s case (also known as Hilsner Affair or Polna Affair) which took place in Bohemia at the turn of 19th/20th century and was specific in many ways.
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