Religion and Magic

Religion and Magic : Approaches and Theories

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This book is a survey summarising the approaches taken to religion and magic by the principal scholars in the preceding and present centuries. It is simple, straightforward and short, with a clear, easy-to-read style. It is the perfect reference tool for students, introducing them to the main theories and debates in a readable and informative manner. Key Features * Prepares student for more complex texts on Religious Studies and the idea of religion * Addresses contemporary as well as historical ideas and figures * Includes contextual details on scholars * Over forty individuals covered including: Hegel, Marx, Engels, Weber, Frazer, Freud, Jung, Durkheim, Levy-Bruhl, Skorupski, Levi-Strauss, Lawson, McCauleyshow more

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  • Paperback | 128 pages
  • 138 x 212 x 14mm | 222.26g
  • EDINBURGH UNIVERSITY PRESS
  • Edinburgh, United Kingdom
  • 0748610138
  • 9780748610136
  • 2,170,461

Table of contents

Evolutionist approaches; conflict approaches; intellectualist approaches I; emotionalist approaches; phenomenological approaches; structural-functionalist approaches; symbolist approaches; intellectualist approaches II; structuralist approaches; cognitive approaches.show more

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A succinct summary of this complex subject matter. The author does not pretend to have solved the problem of finding one's way through the forests of theoretical approaches to magic and religion. Rather his goal is to wet our appetite and stir the curiosity. The author's intent is to offer an overview and introduction to the study of the sacred and several scholars. With this intention in mind one must say that he has written a beautiful book. A succinct summary of this complex subject matter. The author does not pretend to have solved the problem of finding one's way through the forests of theoretical approaches to magic and religion. Rather his goal is to wet our appetite and stir the curiosity. The author's intent is to offer an overview and introduction to the study of the sacred and several scholars. With this intention in mind one must say that he has written a beautiful book.show more

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