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Robert N. McCauley Ph.D.


Robert N. McCauley, Ph.D., is the author of Why Religion Is Natural and Science Is Not and of Philosophical Foundations of the Cognitive Science of Religion. His most recent book, co-authored with George Graham, is Hearing Voices and Other Matters of the Mind: What Mental Abnormalities Can Teach Us about Religions. He is also the co-author with E. Thomas Lawson of both Bringing Ritual to Mind: Psychological Foundations of Cultural Forms and Rethinking Religion: Connecting Cognition and Culture. McCauley is also the editor of The Churchlands and Their Critics and the co-editor with Harvey Whitehouse of Mind and Religion. In addition, he is the author of more than 100 articles, chapters, and reviews in a variety of journals in philosophy, religion, anthropology, psychology, and cognitive science. He has taught courses at Emory University in all of those fields as well as in linguistics and neuroscience and behavioral biology. McCauley has lectured at colleges and universities as well as national and international conferences and professional meetings in more than a dozen countries across four continents. McCauley served as president of the Society for Philosophy and Psychology (1997-98) and as the president of the International Association for the Cognitive Science of Religion (2010-2012) and is slated to be a Gifford Lecturer at the University of Aberdeen in 2022. He is William Rand Kenan Jr. University Professor of Philosophy Emeritus and was the inaugural Director of the Center for Mind, Brain, and Culture at Emory University (2008-2016).

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