Patterns of Thought in Africa and the West: Essays on Magic, Religion and Science / Edition 1

Patterns of Thought in Africa and the West: Essays on Magic, Religion and Science / Edition 1

by Robin Horton
     
 

ISBN-10: 0521369266

ISBN-13: 9780521369268

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

Overview

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.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780521369268
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
07/01/1997
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
484
Product dimensions:
5.98(w) x 8.98(h) x 1.06(d)

Table of 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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