That’s the title of a lecture to be given by Daniel Dennett on March 30, 2007 at the University of Illinois at Urbana. I just love that title. And Dennett is nothing if not interesting. Here are the details for those who are in the area. I wish I was. I hope they post an audio or video file afterwards.
Friday, 4:00 p.m.
Room 112, Gregory Hall
810 South Wright Street, Urbana
Daniel C. Dennett
Austin B. Fletcher Professor of Philosophy, Tufts University
Daniel Dennett, author of Breaking the Spell: Religion as a Natural Phenomenon, will discuss the evolutionary origin of the widespread human disposition that tends to express itself as religiousness. While recognizing that this sort of approach leaves the truth of religious beliefs an open question, Dennett regards it as a contribution to the understanding of the tenacity of the human disposition to religiousness. He seeks to “break the spell” of refusal to think of religiousness as a “natural phenomenon” of which an evolutionary explanation is possible.
Annual Philosophy Public Lecture