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Defining magic : a reader

Author: Bernd-Christian Otto; Michael Stausberg
Publisher: Sheffield ; Bristol, CT : Equinox, 2013.
Series: Critical categories in the study of religion.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Magic has been an important term in Western history and continues to be an essential topic in the modern academic study of religion, anthropology, sociology and cultural history. Defining Magic is the first volume to assemble key texts that aim at determining the nature of magic, establish its boundaries and key features, and explain its working. The Reader brings together seminal writings from antiquity to today.  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Bernd-Christian Otto; Michael Stausberg
ISBN: 9781908049797 1908049790 9781908049803 1908049804
OCLC Number: 795503576
Description: xiii, 281 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm.
Contents: Alcibiades I, and Laws / Plato --
Historia naturalis / Pliny the Elder --
Enneads / Plotinus --
City of God, and On Christian doctrine / Augustine of Hippo --
Etymologiae / Isidore of Seville --
Suda / Anonymous --
Summa theologica / Thomas Aquinas --
Three books of occult philosophy / Agrippa of Nettesheim --
Encyclopédie / Denis Diderot --
Theosophical glossary / Helena Petrovna Blavatsky --
Primitive culture / Edward B. Tylor --
The golden bough / James George Frazer --
A general theory of magic / Marcel Mauss and Henri Hubert --
The elementary forms of religious life / Émile Durkheim --
Religion in essence and manifestation / Gerardus van der Leeuw --
Witchcraft, oracles and magic among the Azande / Edward E. Evans-Pritchard --
Magic, science and religion / Bronislaw Malinowski --
African traditional thought and Western science / Robin Horton --
Form and meaning of magical acts: a point of view / Stanley J. Tambiah --
Culture and communication / Edmund R. Leach --
Magical consciousness: a legitimate form of knowledge / Susan Greenwood --
Magic in theoretical practice / Christopher I. Lehrich --
Magic reconsidered: towards a scientifically valid concept of magic / Jesper Sørensen --
Magic discourse in the ancient world / Kimberly B. Stratton --
Magic and the play of power / Randall Styers.
Series Title: Critical categories in the study of religion.
Responsibility: edited by Bernd-Christian Otto and Michael Stausberg.

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