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Patterns of thought in Africa and the West : essays on magic, religion and science

Author: Robin Horton
Publisher: Cambridge Cambridge University Press 1997
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Robin Horton's classic essays on African religion are also about human religious thought generally, and its relationship to scientific thought. His 'Intellectualist' approach, which criticises  Read more...

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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Robin Horton
ISBN: 9780521369268 0521369266
OCLC Number: 1015084891
Description: XI, 471 p. 23 cm
Contents: Introduction; Part I. Beginnings: l. A definition of religion, and its uses; Part II. Mainly Critical: 2. Neo-Tylorianism: sound sense or sinister prejudice?; 3. Levy-Bruhl, Durkheim and the scientific revolution; 4. Back to Frazer?; 5. Professor Winch on safari; 6. Judaeo-Christian spectacles: boon or bane to the study of African religions?; Part III. Mainly Constructive: 7. African traditional thought and Western science; 8. Paradox and explanation: a reply to Mr Skorupski; 9. Tradition and modernity revisited; Postscript.
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