Provost Lecture Series - Dr. Ian Hansen

Religion and Politics through the Lens of Social and Political Psychology
Provost Lecture Series - Dr. Ian Hansen
When Mar 31, 2014
from 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Where Faculty Dining Room AC-2D01
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Contact Phone 718-262-5338
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The lecture will review some of the more recent psychological approaches to understanding religion and ideology and then attempt to make sense of this complex literature. The lecture aims to paint a relatively coherent picture of what religion and related ideological inclinations like "conservatism" are associated with. It will argue that religious and ideological inclinations are best imagined as a circular map of related values rather than as a linear continuum from one pole to another, and that although religion and certain forms of conservatism are closely related, religion and conservatism make very different predictions of support for oppression and violence against others.