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Response to Review Panelists

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This article consists of replies to the reviewers. For Ambasciano I show that his concern about the taint of epistemic phenomenologies can be largely deflected by understanding the exact contextualization of the materials he questions, particularly their place in the function, structure and serialized nature of the argument. Responding to Segal I try to clarify the evolutionary role of functionalism, the relation of Durkheim and Eliade as I am using them, and the role of difference in comparativism. Willard’s questions about the relations of my natural history approach to the cultural evolution model provides a good opportunity to point out their complementarity and differences.

Affiliations: 1: University of Vermont, Department of Religion 481 Main Street, Burlington, vt 05405 william.paden@uvm.edu

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1. Bulbulia Joseph 2008 "Meme Infection or Religious Niche Construction? An Adaptationist Alternative to the Cultural Maladaptationist Hypothesis?" Method and Theory in the Study of Religion Vol 20 67 107 [Crossref]
2. Bulbulia Joseph 2012 "Spreading Order: Religion, Cooperative Niche Construction, and Risky Coordination Problems" Biology and Philosophy Vol 27 1 1 27 [Crossref]
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8. Wilson David S. 2001 Darwin’s Cathedral: Evolution, Religion and the Nature of Society Chicago, IL University of Chicago Press
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2018-03-19
2018-07-21

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