Magic, Science and Religion and the Scope of Rationality

ISBN-10: 0521376319
ISBN-13: 9780521376310
Edition: 1990
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Description: Professor Tambiah is one of the leading anthropologists of the day, particularly known for his penetrating and scholarly studies of Buddhism. In this accessible and illuminating book he deals with the classical opposition of magic with science and  More...

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Book details

List price: $45.99
Copyright year: 1990
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publication date: 3/22/1990
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 200
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.25" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 0.638
Language: English

Professor Tambiah is one of the leading anthropologists of the day, particularly known for his penetrating and scholarly studies of Buddhism. In this accessible and illuminating book he deals with the classical opposition of magic with science and religion. He reviews the great debates in classical Judaism, early Greek science, Renaissance philosophy, the Protestant Reformation, and the scientific revolution, and then reconsiders the three major interpretive approaches to magic in anthropology: the intellectualist and evolutionary theories of Tylor and Frazer, Malinowski's functionalism, and Lvy-Bruhl's philosophical anthropology, which posited a distinction between mystical and logical mentalities. He follows with a wide-ranging and suggestive discussion of rationality and relativism and concludes with a discussion of new thinking in the history and philosophy of science, suggesting fresh perspectives on the classical opposition between science and magic.

List of plates
Foreword Alfred Harris
Acknowledgements
Magic, science and religion in Western thought: anthropologyG++s intellectual legacy
AnthropologyG++s intellectual legacy
Sir Edward Tylor versus Bronislaw Malinowski: is magic false science or meaningful performance?
MalinowskiG++s demarcations and his exposition of the magical art
Multiple orderings of reality: the debate initiated by L+�vy-Bruhl
Rationality, relativism, the translation and commensurability of cultures
Modern science and its extensions
Notes
Bibliography
Index

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