Eight Theories of Religion

ISBN-10: 0195165705
ISBN-13: 9780195165708
Edition: 2nd 2005 (Revised)
Authors: Daniel L. Pals
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Description: Eight Theories of Religion offers summary, analysis, and appraisal of a number of landmark modern efforts to explain the origin and function of religion. Beginning in the middle decades of the nineteenth century, it considers the Victorian  More...

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Book details

List price: $49.95
Edition: 2nd
Copyright year: 2005
Publisher: Oxford University Press, Incorporated
Publication date: 1/12/2006
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 352
Size: 5.50" wide x 8.00" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 1.122
Language: English

Eight Theories of Religion offers summary, analysis, and appraisal of a number of landmark modern efforts to explain the origin and function of religion. Beginning in the middle decades of the nineteenth century, it considers the Victorian anthropology of E.B. Tylor and James Frazer, the "reductionist" social science of Sigmund Freud, Emile Durkheim, and Karl Marx, the non-reductionist approaches of Max Weber and Mircea Eliade, and the alternatice paradigms that have arisen from the fieldwork of E.E. Evans-Pritchard and the interpretive sociology of Clifford Geertz. The book is ideal for use as a supplementary text in introductory religion courses or as the main text in theory and sociology of religion courses.

Preface
Introduction
Animism and Magic
Religion and Personality
Society as Sacred
Religion as Alienation
A Source of Social Action
The Reality of the Sacred
Society's "Construct of the Heart"
Religion as Cultural System
Conclusion
Index

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