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

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Hardback 484 Pages / Published: 22/04/1993
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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.

Publisher: Cambridge University Press
ISBN: 9780521360876
Number of pages: 484
Weight: 880 g
Dimensions: 229 x 152 x 32 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS
'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
"The reader is quickly drawn into Horton's world of intellectual debates on African belief, ritual and cosmology in the context of closed and open systems. The result is an intellectual feast which weaves human nature, idea, belief and action through classical, modern and postmodern theory." African Studies Review
"This is a profound, provocative, detailed and absorbing book, which deserves a wide readership." Expository Times
"The reader is quickly drawn into Horton's world of intellectual debates on African belief, ritual and cosmology in the context of closed and open systems. The result is an intellectual feast which weaves human nature, idea, belief and action through classical, modern and postmodern theory." African Studies Review
"The 1993 publication of Robin Horton's Patterns of Thought in Africa and the West, which collects some of his most important essays on African religion and modern science, offers an occasion to review the lifelong effort of this distinguished anthropologist and philosopher to demonstrate the kinship between primitive and modern thought and, more generally, between religion and science. Horton, who is English, has lived and taught for many years in Nigeria and is an expert on the Kalabari people, from whom he draws many of his examples of religious thinking." Robert S. Segal, Annals of Scholarship

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