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

Voorkant
Cambridge University Press, 13 jul. 1997 - 484 pagina's
"Robin Hortons 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 secularization and modernization. Section one is a critical assessment of two established interpretive approaches, the Symbolist and Theological. Section two proposes an alternative Intellectualist approach that emphasizes the structural and processual similarities between religious and scientific thinking. The postscript appraises the Intellectualist approach in the light of recent theorizing about religion and world views." -- Publisher's note.

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Introduction
1
A definition of religion and its uses
19
NeoTylorianism sound sense or sinister prejudice?
53
LevyBruhl Durkheim and the Scientific Revolution
63
Back to Frazer?
105
Professor Winch on safari
138
JudaeoChristian spectacles boon or bane to the study of African religions?
161
African traditional thought and Western science
197
Paradox and explanation a reply to Mr Skorupski
259
Tradition and modernity revisited
301
Postscript
347
Notes
388
Bibliography
447
Index
465
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