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Making Magic: Religion, Magic and Science in the Modern World

Randall G. Styers


Since the emergence of religious studies and the social sciences as academic disciplines in the late nineteenth century, the concept of "magic" has played a major role in defining religion and in mediating religion's relation to science. Many of the most important scholars in these disciplines have debated the relation of magic to religion and science, yet traditional efforts to formulate distinctions among these categories have proved notoriously unstable, the subject of repeated critique and deconstruction. The notion of magic has remained stubbornly amorphous. This book seeks to account for ... More

Keywords: desire, identity, magic, modernity, rationality, religion, science

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2004 Print ISBN-13: 9780195151077
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2005 DOI:10.1093/0195151070.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Randall G. Styers, author
University of North CarolinaChapel Hill
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