Predictive coding and religious belief

Hans Van Eyghen

Abstract


In this paper I investigate the epistemic implications of a recent theory of religious cognition that draws on predictive coding. The theory argues that certain experiences are heavily shaped by a subject’s prior (religious) beliefs and thereby makes religious believers prone to detect invisible agents. The theory is an update of older theories of religious cognition but departs from them in crucial ways. I will assess the epistemic implications by reformulating existing arguments based on other (older) theories of religious cognition.

Keywords: cognitive science of religion, predictive coding, epistemology of religious belief, reliabilist epistemology, the safety condition for knowledge.


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