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From the Ted Talk "Kwame Anthony Appiah: Is religion good or bad? (This is a trick question)"

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Now you might think this just shows that I've given you the wrong definition and that I should come up with some other definition and test it against these cases and try and idfn something that captures atheistic juisamd, atheistic idusmnhi, and atheistic Buddhism as mrfos of religiosity, but I actually think that that's a bad idea, and the reason I think it's a bad idea is that I don't think that's how our concept of nrliigeo works. I think the way our concept of religion works is that we actually have, we have a list of agdpriam goisrnile and their sub-parts, right, and if something new comes along that purports to be a religion, what we ask is, "Well, is it like one of these?" Right? And I think that's not only how we think about religion, and that's, as it were, so from our point of view, anything on that list had better be a religion, which is why I don't think an account of religion that excludes Buddhism and Judaism has a chance of being a good starter, because they're on our list. But why do we have such a list? What's going on? How did it come about that we have this list?

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Now you might think this just shows that I've given you the wrong definition and that I should come up with some other definition and test it against these cases and try and ____ something that captures atheistic _______, atheistic ________, and atheistic Buddhism as _____ of religiosity, but I actually think that that's a bad idea, and the reason I think it's a bad idea is that I don't think that's how our concept of ________ works. I think the way our concept of religion works is that we actually have, we have a list of ________ _________ and their sub-parts, right, and if something new comes along that purports to be a religion, what we ask is, "Well, is it like one of these?" Right? And I think that's not only how we think about religion, and that's, as it were, so from our point of view, anything on that list had better be a religion, which is why I don't think an account of religion that excludes Buddhism and Judaism has a chance of being a good starter, because they're on our list. But why do we have such a list? What's going on? How did it come about that we have this list?

Solution

  1. judaism
  2. religions
  3. forms
  4. religion
  5. hinduism
  6. paradigm
  7. find

Original Text

Now you might think this just shows that I've given you the wrong definition and that I should come up with some other definition and test it against these cases and try and find something that captures atheistic Judaism, atheistic Hinduism, and atheistic Buddhism as forms of religiosity, but I actually think that that's a bad idea, and the reason I think it's a bad idea is that I don't think that's how our concept of religion works. I think the way our concept of religion works is that we actually have, we have a list of paradigm religions and their sub-parts, right, and if something new comes along that purports to be a religion, what we ask is, "Well, is it like one of these?" Right? And I think that's not only how we think about religion, and that's, as it were, so from our point of view, anything on that list had better be a religion, which is why I don't think an account of religion that excludes Buddhism and Judaism has a chance of being a good starter, because they're on our list. But why do we have such a list? What's going on? How did it come about that we have this list?

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Important Words

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  12. forms
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  14. hinduism
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  16. judaism
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  18. paradigm
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  25. shows
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  30. wrong