Magic, Science and Religion and Other Essays

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Read Books Ltd, Apr 10, 2014 - Social Science - 275 pages
This vintage book comprises three famous Malinowski essays on the subject of religion. Malinowski is one of the most important and influential anthropologists of all time. He is particularly renowned for his ability to combine the reality of human experience, with the cold calculations of science. An important collection of three of his most famous essays, "Magic, Science and Religion" provides its reader with a series of concepts concerning religion, magic, science, rite and myth. This is undertaken in an attempt to form a definite impression and understanding of the Trobrianders of New Guinea. The chapters of this book include: "Magic, Science and Religion", "Primitive Man and his Religion", "Rational Mastery by Man of his Surroundings", "Faith and Cult", "The Creative Acts of Religion", "Providence in Primitive Life", "Man's Selective Interest in Nature", etcetera. This book is being republished now in an affordable, modern edition - complete with a specially commissioned new biography of the author.
 

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ACKNOWLEDGMENTS
THE PUBLIC AND TRIBAL CHARACTER OF PRIMITIVE CULTS
THE ART OF MAGIC AND THE POWER OF FAITH
Myth in Primitive Psychology
MYTHS OF ORIGIN
MYTHS OF DEATH AND OF THE RECURRENT CYCLE OF LIFE
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