Patterns of Thought in Africa and the West: Essays on Magic, Religion and Science / Edition 1by Robin Horton
Pub. Date: 07/01/1997
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
The anthropologist Robin Horton is widely regarded as one of the most creative and critical thinkers of his generation. This collection of some of his classic papers on African religion, written between l960 and l990 is also a wide-ranging inquiry into religious thought, particularly its relationship to aesthetic and scientific thought. Horton criticizes recent orthodoxies in this area, and instead proposes an "Intellectualist" alternative that stresses similarities between the religious and the scientific.
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Table of ContentsIntroduction; 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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