On January 8, 2013, from 2 to 4, in Room 235B (29 Rue d'Ulm), Anne Coubray and Sam Wilkinson (IJN) will present jointly a paper entitled "Is it Belief that the Cognitive Science of Religion is Naturalizing?". Commentator: Joëlle Proust (IJN). Everyone welcome.


In this paper we argue that some features that the cognitive science of religion attributes to – and credits with the success of – religious belief actually demonstrate that religious states are not beliefs at all. The cognitive science shows religious representations are counterintuitive and partially understood. As a consequence of this, unlike beliefs, they only drive actions and inferences in certain practical settings. We examine and reject the idea that they might be reflective states, and opt instead for the position that they tend to be first-order, deferential, cognitive states.