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By Bernd-Christian Otto,Michael Stausberg

Magic has been an enormous time period in Western background and remains to be a necessary subject within the glossy educational learn of faith, anthropology, sociology, and cultural heritage. Defining Magic is the 1st quantity to collect key texts that goal at opting for the character of magic, identify its obstacles and key beneficial properties, and clarify its operating. The reader brings jointly seminal writings from antiquity to this day. The texts were chosen at the power in their luck in defining magic as a class, their effect on destiny scholarship, and their originality. The writings are divided into chronological sections and every essay is individually brought for scholar readers. jointly, those texts - from Philosophy, Theology, spiritual reviews, and Anthropology - display the breadth of severe methods and responses to defining what's magic. members: Aquinas, Augustine, Helena Petrovna Blavatsky, Dennis Diderot, Emile Durkheim, Edward Evans-Pritchard, James Frazer, Susan Greenwood, Robin Horton, Edmund Leach, Gerardus van der Leeuw, Christopher Lehrich, Bronislaw Malinowski, Marcel Mauss, Agrippa von Nettesheim, Plato, Pliny, Plotin, Isidore of Sevilla, Jesper Sorensen, Kimberley Stratton, Randall Styers, Edward Tylor

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