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Magic I: Introduction

When contemporary academics discuss “magic”, in most cases the assumptions which guide their understanding of it are variations on a few influential theories. First, there is the “intellectualist” understanding of magic linked to the names of E.B. Tylor and J.G. Frazer. Tylor, in his foundational Primitive Culture of 1871, defined magic as based upon ‘the error of mistaking ideal analogy for r…

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Hanegraaff, Wouter J., Graf, Fritz, Fanger, Claire, Klaassen, Frank and Brach, Jean-Pierre, “Magic”, in: Dictionary of Gnosis & Western Esotericism. Consulted online on 21 June 2021 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1873-8338_dgwe_DGWE_220>
First published online: 2008
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004141872, 20061031

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