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Patterns of Thought in Africa and the West : Essays on Magic, Religion and Science - Robin Horton

Patterns of Thought in Africa and the West

Essays on Magic, Religion and Science

Paperback Published: 20th October 1997
ISBN: 9780521369268
Number Of Pages: 484

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Robin Horton's critical and creative writings on African religious thought have influenced anthropologists, philosophers, and all those interested in the comparative study of religion and thought. This selection of some of his classic papers, with a new introduction and postscript by the author, traces Horton's theoretical ideas over thirty years. In attempting to understand African religious thought, he also tackles broader issues in the history and sociology of thought, such as secularisation and modernisation. Part I is a critical assessment of two established interpretive approaches, the Symbolist and the Theological. Part II proposes an alternative 'Intellectualist' approach that emphasises the structural and processual similarities between religious and scientific thinking. The postscript appraises the Intellectualist approach in the light of recent theorising about religion and world views.

'It is a pleasure to return to his clean and clear prose, which sometimes allows one to forget how difficult the matters he is dealing with are ... it is splendid to have the major papers in one volume. No one is likely to agree with Robin Horton always, but we can all be grateful that he is there both to learn from and to dispute with.' Times Literary Supplement 'Horton is good to read - down to earth, sensible, himself widely and interestingly read, free of the phoney, and uncluttered by jargon.' Anthropological Forum

Introduction
Beginnings
A definition of religion, and its uses
Mainly Critical
Neo-Tylorianism: sound sense or sinister prejudice?
Levy-Bruhl, Durkheim and the scientific revolution
Back to Frazer?
Professor Winch on safari
Judaeo-Christian spectacles: boon or bane to the study of African religions?
Mainly Constructive
African traditional thought and Western science
Paradox and explanation: a reply to Mr Skorupski
Tradition and modernity revisited
Postscript
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ISBN: 9780521369268
ISBN-10: 0521369266
Series: Essays on Magic, Religion and Science
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 484
Published: 20th October 1997
Publisher: CAMBRIDGE UNIV PR
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.61 x 15.24  x 3.05
Weight (kg): 0.77