View Chapters

Book: Building Blocks of Religion

Chapter: The Building Block Approach: An Overview

DOI: 10.1558/equinox.37586


The chapter provides a basic overview of the building block approach to “religion” and other complex cultural concepts. It introduces the basic vocabulary of the approach, provides definitions, and a few examples of how the approach has been applied to address specific problems in the field. The chapter also reflects on how the authors came to develop the approach, and discusses the most important philosophical and scientific influences that helped shape it.

Chapter Contributors