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Pascal Boyer

Pascal Boyer is a French anthropologist, and Henry Luce Professor of Individual and Collective Memory at Washington University in St. Louis.[1][2][3] He is a Guggenheim Fellow.[4]


  • Work 1
  • Books 2
  • See also 3
  • Notes and references 4
  • External links 5


He advocates the idea that human instincts provide us with the basis for an intuitive theory of mind that guides our social relations, morality, and predilections toward religious beliefs. Boyer and others propose that these innate mental systems make human beings predisposed to certain cultural elements such as belief in supernatural beings.

Boyer has conducted long term ethnographic fieldwork in Africa, where he studied the transmission of oral epics, and has held teaching and research positions at several universities.


  • Tradition as Truth and Communication. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. 1992.  
  • The Naturalness of Religious Ideas: A Cognitive Theory of Religion. Berkeley: University of California Press. 1994.  
  • Religion Explained: The Evolutionary Origins of Religious Thought (2002) Basic Books. ISBN 0-465-00696-5.
    • Translated into Greek as Και ο Άνθρωπος Έπλασε τους Θεούς, by Dimitris Xygalatas and Nikolas Roubekas (ISBN 9789602882252).
    • Translated into Polish as "I człowiek stworzył bogów... Jak powstała religia?" (ISBN 8373379851).

See also

Notes and references

  1. ^ Official home page
  2. ^ Faculty page at Washington University
  3. ^
  4. ^

External links

  • "Why Is Religion Natural?", Sceptical Inquirer, Volume 28.2, March/April 2004
  • Book review: Religion Explained, by Pascal Boyer
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