Gould and the Fairies

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Branford, Anna (2011) Gould and the Fairies. The Australian Journal of Anthropology, 22 (1). pp. 89-103. ISSN 1035-8811 (print) 1757-6547 (online)


This paper examines Stephen Jay Gould’s concept of science and religion as ‘nonoverlapping magisteria’ with reference to Spiritualism, specifically the case of the Cottingley fairies. It argues that this is a case in which the magisteria are neither separate nor overlapping but instead exist in a far more complex relationship. Through an exploration of this complexity, this paper offers discussion of the relationship between religion and science. In doing so, it problematises the common use of the terms ‘faith’ and ‘belief’ to characterise the experience of religious conviction.

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Item type Article
URI https://vuir.vu.edu.au/id/eprint/9253
DOI 10.1111/j.1757-6547.2011.00105.x
Subjects Historical > FOR Classification > 2202 History and Philosophy of Specific Fields
Historical > FOR Classification > 2204 Religion and Religious Traditions
Historical > Faculty/School/Research Centre/Department > School of Social Sciences and Psychology
Historical > SEO Classification > 970118 Expanding Knowledge in Law and Legal Studies
Keywords ResPubID23912, Stephen Jay Gould, Nonoverlapping magisteria
Citations in Scopus 2 - View on Scopus
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