PhD-Course: "Religion and Consciousness"

November 6-8, 2008 in Copenhagen
Title:"Religion and Consciousness"
Place: Artillerivej 86, lecture room 0.26 (ground floor), 2300 Copenhagen S.
Organizers: the research education programme Religion & Society, University of Copenhagen and CFS.

The idea of the conference is to bring together and discuss various approaches to the study of religion, first and foremost within cognitive science and philosophy (phenomenology, hermeneutics, philosophy of mind), and to do so in focusing on issues such as: counterintuition, commitment, cognition and emotion, agency, understanding, self-awareness, intersubjectivity, and intentionality.

Thursday, November 6


13:30-15:00 Simo Knuuttila (University of Helsinki): "Religion Explained: Comments to Pascal Boyer"
15:00-15:30 Coffee break
15:00-17:00 Jeppe Sinding Jensen (University of Aarhus): "Cognition + Culture = Consciousness"
18:30 Dinner


Friday, November 7


09:30-11:00 Hans Ruin (University College of Södertörn , Stockholm): "On releasement (Gelassenheit): Eckhart and Heidegger"
11:00-11:30 Coffee break
11:30-13:00 Ilkka Pyysiäinen (Helsinki Collegium for Advanced Studies): "Explaining Religion at Different Levels"
13:00-14:00 Lunch
14:00-16:00 Student presentations


PhD-students are invited to present papers. All participating in the course are required to read materials which will be provided beforehand by the organizers. ECTS to be announced at a later date.

Prior registration required. Please register before October 27 by sending an email to Oluf Schönbeck: