Magic Science and Religion

2015 Reprint of 1954 Edition. Full facsimile of the original edition. Not reproduced with Optical Recognition Software.

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Author: Bronislaw Malinowski

Publisher:

ISBN: 1614277796

Category: Religion

Page: 92

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2015 Reprint of 1954 Edition. Full facsimile of the original edition. Not reproduced with Optical Recognition Software. In his handling of science, magic, and religion, Malinowski essentially accepted the traditional Western conception of a dual reality-the reality of the natural world, grounded in observation and rational procedures that lead to mastery, and supernatural reality, grounded in emotional needs that give rise to faith. Unlike Frazer, for example, Malinowski derived science not from magic but from man's capacity to organize knowledge, as demonstrated by Trobriand technical skills in gardening, shipbuilding, etc. In contrast, he treated magic, which coexisted with these skills, as an organized response to a sense of limitation and impotence in the face of danger, difficulty, and frustration. Again, he differentiated between magic and religion in defining magical systems as essentially pragmatic in their aims and religious systems as self-fulfilling rituals organized, for example, around life crises.

Magic Science and Religion and Other Essays

This vintage book comprises three famous Malinowski essays on the subject of religion. Malinowski is one of the most important and influential anthropologists of all time.

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Author: Bronislaw Malinowski

Publisher: Read Books Ltd

ISBN: 9781473393127

Category: Religion

Page: 275

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This book contains three prolific essays by the world renown polish anthropologist Bronislaw Malinowski. First published in 1926, Magic, Science and Religion provides its readers with a seminal collection of texts exploring the concepts of magic, religion, science, rite and myth, detailing how they interlink to offer exciting and informative insights into the Trobrianders of New Guinea. A must-have for any students of anthropology and collectors of Malinowski’s work, we are republishing this classic work with a new introductory biography of the author.

Magic Science and Religion and the Scope of Rationality

In this book, Professor Tambiah reexamines magic, science and religion within the framework of this history, including the Judaic religion, early Greek science, Renaissance philosophy, the Protestant Reformation, and the European scientific ...

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Author: Stanley J. Tambiah

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 0521376319

Category: Social Science

Page: 187

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This accessible and illuminating book explores the classical opposition between magic, science and religion.

Magic Science and Religion in Early Modern Europe

From the recovery of ancient ritual magic at the height of the Renaissance to the ignominious demise of alchemy at the dawn of the Enlightenment, Mark A. Waddell explores the rich and complex ways that premodern people made sense of their ...

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Author: Mark A. Waddell

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 1108441653

Category: Technology & Engineering

Page: 300

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From the recovery of ancient ritual magic at the height of the Renaissance to the ignominious demise of alchemy at the dawn of the Enlightenment, Mark A. Waddell explores the rich and complex ways that premodern people made sense of their world. He describes a time when witches flew through the dark of night to feast on the flesh of unbaptized infants, magicians conversed with angels or struck pacts with demons, and astrologers cast the horoscopes of royalty. Ground-breaking discoveries changed the way that people understood the universe while, in laboratories and coffee houses, philosophers discussed how to reconcile the scientific method with the veneration of God. This engaging, illustrated new study introduces readers to the vibrant history behind the emergence of the modern world.

Religion Science and Magic In Concert and in Conflict

Every culture makes the distinction between "true religion" and magic, regarding one action and its result as "miraculous," while rejecting another as the work of the devil.

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Author: Jacob Neusner Professor of Religion University of South Florida

Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA

ISBN: 9780199729333

Category: Magic

Page: 312

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Every culture makes the distinction between "true religion" and magic, regarding one action and its result as "miraculous," while rejecting another as the work of the devil. Surveying such topics as Babylonian witchcraft, Jesus the magician, magic in Hasidism and Kabbalah, and magic in Anglo-Saxon England, these ten essays provide a rigrous examination of the history of this distinction in Christianity and Judaism. Written by such distinguished scholars as Jacob Neusner, Hans Penner, Howard Kee, Tzvi Abusch, Susan R. Garrett, and Moshe Idel, the essays explore a broad range of topics, including how certain social groups sort out approved practices and beliefs from those that are disapproved--providing fresh insight into how groups define themselves; "magic" as an insider's term for the outsider's religion; and the tendency of religious traditions to exclude the magical. In addition the collection provides illuminating social, cultural, and anthropological explanations for the prominence of the magical in certain periods and literature.

Magic Science and Religion in Early Modern Europe

There are many useful surveys of the complex relationship between and among
science, religion, and magic in premodern Europe. These include Steven
Marrone's A History of Science, Magic and Belief: From Medieval to Early Modern
 ...

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Author: Mark A. Waddell

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 9781108591164

Category: Technology & Engineering

Page:

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From the recovery of ancient ritual magic at the height of the Renaissance to the ignominious demise of alchemy at the dawn of the Enlightenment, Mark A. Waddell explores the rich and complex ways that premodern people made sense of their world. He describes a time when witches flew through the dark of night to feast on the flesh of unbaptized infants, magicians conversed with angels or struck pacts with demons, and astrologers cast the horoscopes of royalty. Ground-breaking discoveries changed the way that people understood the universe while, in laboratories and coffee houses, philosophers discussed how to reconcile the scientific method with the veneration of God. This engaging, illustrated new study introduces readers to the vibrant history behind the emergence of the modern world.

A History of Science Magic and Belief

Steven P. Marrone traces the mutual interactions and boundaries of science, religion and magic in medieval and early modern Europe.

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Author: Steven P. Marrone

Publisher: Macmillan International Higher Education

ISBN: 9781137029782

Category: History

Page: 336

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Steven P. Marrone traces the mutual interactions and boundaries of science, religion and magic in medieval and early modern Europe. Woven together, these three narratives help explain the simultaneous emergence of modern science and early modern social order in Europe.

Magic Science Religion

These entities are not obscure in the same way, but their abstractness and
expression in laws give them distinct family resemblances to religion and science
. To start defining magic, we could point to the same positing of non-obvious
entities ...

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Author: Ira Livingston

Publisher: BRILL

ISBN: 9789004358072

Category: Political Science

Page: 162

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Magic Science Religion explores surprising intersections among the three meaning-making and world-making practices named in the title. Through colorful examples, the book reveals circuitous ways that social, cultural and natural systems connect, enabling real kinds of magic to operate.

Making Magic

Randall Styers seeks to account for the vitality of scholarly discourse purporting to define and explain magic despite its failure to do just that.

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Author: Randall Styers

Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA

ISBN: 0195169417

Category: Religion

Page: 290

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Randall Styers seeks to account for the vitality of scholarly discourse purporting to define and explain magic despite its failure to do just that. He argues that it can best be explained in light of the European and Euro-American drive to establish and secure their own identity as normative.

Magic Science Religion

Through colorful examples, the book reveals circuitous ways that social, cultural and natural systems connect, enabling real kinds of magic to operate.

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Author: Ira Livingston

Publisher: Brill / Rodopi

ISBN: 9004357106

Category: History

Page: 176

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Magic Science Religion explores surprising intersections among the three meaning-making and world-making practices named in the title. Through colorful examples, the book reveals circuitous ways that social, cultural and natural systems connect, enabling real kinds of magic to operate. Among the many case studies are accounts of how an eighteenth-century actor gave his audience goosebumps; how painters, poets, and pool sharks use nonlinearity in working their magics; how the first vertebrates gained consciousness; how plants fine-tuned human color vision; and the necessarily magical element of activism that builds on the conviction that "another future is possible" while working to push self-fulfilling prophecy into political action.

Wonder Shows

The book provides an innovative synthesis of the history of performance with a wider study of culture, science, and religion from the antebellum period to the present.

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Author: Fred Nadis

Publisher: Rutgers University Press

ISBN: 9780813541211

Category: Games & Activities

Page: 336

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In Wonder Shows, Fred Nadis offers a colorful history of these traveling magicians, inventors, popular science lecturers, and other presenters of “miracle science” who revealed science and technology to the public in awe-inspiring fashion. The book provides an innovative synthesis of the history of performance with a wider study of culture, science, and religion from the antebellum period to the present.

Science Magic and Religion

Exploring the idea of the museum as a ritual site, this volume looks at contemporary experience across Europe and Africa to reveal the different ways in which various actors involved in cultural production dramatize and ritualize such ...

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Author: Mary Bouquet

Publisher: Berghahn Books

ISBN: 157181521X

Category: Art

Page: 240

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Exploring the idea of the museum as a ritual site, this volume looks at contemporary experience across Europe and Africa to reveal the different ways in which various actors involved in cultural production dramatize and ritualize such places.