© Koninklijke Brill NV, Leiden, 2011 DOI: 10.1163/157006811X567715 Method and Theory in the Study of Religion 23 (2011) 103-122 brill.nl/mtsr M E T H O D T H E O R Y in the S T U D Y O F R E L I G I O N & The Cognitive Appeal of the Cosmological Argument * Johan De Smedt Department of Philosophy and Ethics, Universiteit Gent, Gent, Belgium firstname.lastname@example.org Helen De Cruz Centre for Logic & Philosophy of Science, Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, Leuven, Belgium email@example.com Abstract The cosmological argument has enjoyed and still enjoys substantial popularity in various tradi- tions of natural theology. We propose that its enduring appeal is due at least in part to its concur- rence with human cognitive predispositions, in particular intuitions about causality and agency. These intuitions seem to be a stable part of human cognition. We will consider implications for the justiﬁcation of the cosmological argument from externalist and internalist perspectives. Keywords cosmological argument, natural theology, causal cognition, agency detection, developmental psychology, reformed epistemology, epistemic satisfaction The cosmological argument infers the existence of God from the existence of the universe. It has been developed in various forms of Christian, Jewish
Method & Theory in the Study of Religion – Brill
Published: Jan 1, 2011
Keywords: causal cognition; developmental psychology; epistemic satisfaction; agency detection; cosmological argument; natural theology; reformed epistemology
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