Generative Anthropology, Religions, and Sciences
Generative Anthropology (GA) is a transformative science of the human, inquiring into culture, society, politics, and the arts. Since GA begins with a hypothesis about the origin of cultural representation, Eric Gans calls it “originary thinking.” GA reframes the relation between science and religion by treating religion as a primary source of anthropological insight, and therefore a source of scientific concepts and methods.
The 14th annual international conference of the Generative Anthropology Society will focus on religions and piety, faiths and beliefs, their study and their relationships with the sciences, including the human sciences, scientific epistemologies, philosophy and the sociology of science.
We are especially interested in discussing the following subjects in relation to GA:
• The originary hypothesis and practices of proof, evidence, belief, and faith;
• The relationships between religion and science and between science and metaphysics;
• The ethics of/in religions and sciences;
• Contemporary philosophies, theologies, and mysticisms;
• Origination and representations of religious and scientific ideas in arts, popular culture, and political discourse;
• The sociology of science and religion;
• The essence and emergence of scientific representation, ethos, community, and symbols;
• Originary thinking and the foundations of reason, and of the concepts of causality, contingency and randomness;
• Biological and cultural origins of consciousness;
• Humanistic anthropology of materiality, ecology, and the body.
Since this conference takes place in Israel, papers dealing with the three Abrahamic religions – Judaism, Christianity and Islam – or monotheism in general would be especially welcome. Proposals are also welcome across the range of themes within the wide scope of GA and cultural and philosophical anthropology, such as the origins of language, symbols, morality, rituals and customs, literature and mythology, sociology and anthropology of verbal and nonverbal communication, and other related themes.