Habits and Rituals

Open Information Science 2 (1):1-10 (2018)

Raffaela Giovagnoli
Pontificia Università Lateranense
The aim of my contribution is to investigate the ground of habits and rituals; they are based on the same processes even though they have different functions depending on the context (personal or social). My discussion will mostly centered on the nature and function of rituals, as necessary practices in human social life (but also in animal life). After a brief introduction of different perspectives on the notions of “habit” and “ritual”, I propose an interpretation of rituals as collective activity, which is based on the same mechanisms of habits formation but it is expressed in a “we-form”, from which is created and institutionalized
Keywords Habit  Ritual  We-Intentionality
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