Patterns of thought in Africa and the West : essays on magic, religion and science
Robin Horton's classic essays on African religion are also about human religious thought generally, and its relationship to scientific thought. His 'Intellectualist' approach, which criticises orthodoxies in the field, stresses the similarities between religious and scientific thought.
Print Book, English, 1997
Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, 1997
XI, 471 p. 23 cm
Introduction; 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; Postscript.