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A Cognitive Theory of Magic - Jesper Sørensen

A Cognitive Theory of Magic


Published: 19th July 2013
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The author presents a new theory of magical actions based on a wide array of recent findings in the cognitive sciences. Analysing classical ethnographic cases, he argues that paying close attention to the underlying cognitive processes will not only explain why magical rituals look the way they do, it will also supply new insights into the role of magic in the formation of institutionalised religion.

Magic in the history of the social sciences -- The cognitive foundation of magical action -- Magical rituals and conceptual blending -- Transformation and manipulation: a typology of magical actions -- Frames of ritual action: causation, diagnosis and prognosis -- Ritual purpose and the relation between magic, culture and religion.

ISBN: 9780759114043
ISBN-10: 0759114048
Format: ePUB
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 232
Published: 19th July 2013
Publisher: University Press of America
Edition Number: 1