Never the Twain…Introduction to the Special Issue Psychology of Religion: Dialogues Between Sociocultural and Cognitive Perspectives

  • Laure KloetzerEmail author
  • Fabrice Clément
Regular Article


Bringing together perspectives is rarely an easy task. By assembling researchers from cognitive and cultural traditions to discuss their reciprocal research in the field of psychology of religion, we thought that we will end up with an ecumenical conclusion, everyone being convinced that the other perspective will enrich her or his approach in the future. In this introduction, our objective is to show that it was not exactly the case and, by writing a two-voices introduction, to understand why we were eventually not so sure that we were all studying the same object.


Psychology of religion Cultural psychology  Cognitive psychology  Epistemology 



We would like to thank Prof. Jonathan Parker for pointing us to this Kipling's story as a beautiful way to express our ideas.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Institut de Psychologie et EducationUniversité de NeuchâtelNeuchâtelSwitzerland
  2. 2.Centre de Sciences CognitivesUniversité de NeuchâtelNeuchâtelSwitzerland

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