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Patterns of Thought in Africa and the West

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


  • Date Published: August 1997
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521369268

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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 theorising about religion and world views.

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    '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.' The 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

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    Product details

    • Date Published: August 1997
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521369268
    • length: 484 pages
    • dimensions: 229 x 152 x 27 mm
    • weight: 0.71kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Part I. Beginnings: l. A definition of religion, and its uses
    Part II. Mainly Critical:
    2. Neo-Tylorianism: sound sense or sinister prejudice?
    3. Levy-Bruhl, Durkheim and the scientific revolution
    4. Back to Frazer?
    5. Professor Winch on safari
    6. Judaeo-Christian spectacles: boon or bane to the study of African religions?
    Part III. Mainly Constructive:
    7. African traditional thought and Western science
    8. Paradox and explanation: a reply to Mr Skorupski
    9. Tradition and modernity revisited

  • Author

    Robin Horton, University of Port Harcourt, Nigeria

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