From a naturalistic perspective, the study of religion immediately leads to a problematic point: if religion is so widespread, to the extent that it seems to be a trait inscribed in human nature, then it should have adaptive advantages or, at the very least, it should not have disadvantages that would stand in the way of the survival of those who practice religion. In the former case, we need to understand the function of religion, viz. a utility it confers that may justify its persistence across human history. Against the backdrop of an anthropological model that considers subjectivity identity to be characterized by ontological fragility, this article will offer a special version of the claim that religion, viewed as a byproduct, has a positive function: we will make the hy-pothesis that it contributes to the defense of the unity of self-consciousness. Thus our focus will be on re-ligion construed as a repertoire of strategies designed to protect the self.

Sergio Fabio Berardini, & Massimo Marraffa (2016). La religione come tecnica difensiva dell’identità soggettiva. RIVISTA INTERNAZIONALE DI FILOSOFIA E PSICOLOGIA, 7(3), 365-377.

La religione come tecnica difensiva dell’identità soggettiva

MARRAFFA, MASSIMO
2016

Abstract

From a naturalistic perspective, the study of religion immediately leads to a problematic point: if religion is so widespread, to the extent that it seems to be a trait inscribed in human nature, then it should have adaptive advantages or, at the very least, it should not have disadvantages that would stand in the way of the survival of those who practice religion. In the former case, we need to understand the function of religion, viz. a utility it confers that may justify its persistence across human history. Against the backdrop of an anthropological model that considers subjectivity identity to be characterized by ontological fragility, this article will offer a special version of the claim that religion, viewed as a byproduct, has a positive function: we will make the hy-pothesis that it contributes to the defense of the unity of self-consciousness. Thus our focus will be on re-ligion construed as a repertoire of strategies designed to protect the self.
Sergio Fabio Berardini, & Massimo Marraffa (2016). La religione come tecnica difensiva dell’identità soggettiva. RIVISTA INTERNAZIONALE DI FILOSOFIA E PSICOLOGIA, 7(3), 365-377.
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