Rethinking Secrecy in Religion : Cognition and the Intimacy of Secrecy


MAC GILLAVRY David William

Rok publikování 2018
Druh Článek v odborném periodiku
Časopis / Zdroj Method and Theory in the Study of Religion
Fakulta / Pracoviště MU

Filozofická fakulta

Obor Filosofie a náboženství
Klíčová slova secrecy; cognition; religion
Přiložené soubory
Popis Secrecy is often studied as a social phenomenon in which certain information is concealed from a targeted audience out of fear of the repercussions, if this information were to fall into the wrong hands. It is therefore surprising that people are relatively willing to share their secrets with others. Traditionally, this behaviour has been explained on the bases of the assumption that people are naturally inclined to reveal their secrets. However, new evidence from the cognitive sciences and social psychology calls this assumption, and thus the theories of secrecy which rely on it, into question. In this article I present a re-interpretation of secrecy in light of this new evidence and evaluate what implications this holds for the study of secrecy in religion.
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