The Influence of Evolutionary Psychology on the Social Sciences and Humanities: Religion Explained by Evolutionary Psychology

By Srdjan Jovanović Maldoran.

Published by The Humanities Collection

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Evolutionary psychology, nowadays still a fledgling, yet very result-producing science, has tremendous explanatory potential, one that can well be used in almost all social sciences and humanities. Throughout the last decade, top level scientists from Harvard; the University of Texas, Austin; the LSE; and the University of California, Berkley (to just name a few) have been conducting research with stupefying results (such as the explanation of religion). This paper tackles the immensely important input that the social sciences and humanities (from history and cultural studies to sociology, anthropology and political science) can receive from evolutionary psychology. The paper presents some state-of-the-art research developments of evolutionary psychology and their influence on social sciences and humanities, concentrating on the discoveries being made about primarily religion as a thoroughly examined paradigm within the paper.

Keywords: Social Sciences, Humanities, Evolutionary Psychology, Religion, Interdisciplinarity, Metatheory

International Journal of the Humanities, Volume 9, Issue 7, pp.165-176. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 763.355KB).

Srdjan Jovanović Maldoran

Junior Researcher / Contributor, Istituto per l'Europa Centro-Orientale e Balcanica, PECOB - Portal on Central-Eastern and Balkan Europe, University of Bologna, Faenza, Emilia-Romagna, Italy

After finishing my undergraduate degree in linguistics at the Faculty of Philology of the University of Belgrade, I relocated to the Czech Republic, where I got my subsequent degree in European Culture at the Palacky University in Olomouc. In 2008, I founded an interdisciplinary academic online journal, Humanicus (www.humanicus.org), dedicated to social sciences, philosophy and humanities (the journal was selected by the Czech National Library as a ‘publication of importance to the Czech culture’ in 2009). From 2008, I started writing educational columns for the Belgrade daily Danas, as well for the Helsinki Charter for Human Rights in Belgrade. In 2009, I was one of the dozen grantees of the REVACERN project (Religions and Values in Central and Eastern Europe, a European Commission funded project) for research in religion. Currently, I am also a PhD candidate at the University of Bologna, where I also work as a researcher for the newly established Portal on Central-Eastern and Balkan Europe. I also teach (part-time) at the Palacky University Olomouc, at the Department of History at the moment.

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