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A General Theory of Magic (Routledge Classics)

by Mauss, Marcel




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Paperback. Pub Date :2001-05-18 Pages: 192 Language: English Publisher: Routledge First written by Marcel Mauss and Henri Humbert in 1902. A General Theory of Magic gained a wide new readership when republished by Mauss in 1950. As a study of magic in primitive societies and its survival today in our thoughts and social actions. it represents what Claude Lvi-Strauss called. in an introduction to that edition. the astonishing modernity of the mind of one of the centurys greatest thinkers. The book offers a fascinating snapshot of magic throughout various cultures as well as deep sociological and religious insights still very much relevant today. At a period when art. magic and science appear to be crossing paths once again. A General Theory of Magic presents itself as a classic for our times.

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