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Magic in the History of Ideas
Opening date: 18/03/2019
Closing date: 31/07/2019
The concept of magic is most often considered as a foil by scholars in the fields of philosophy and religious studies, or it is discussed as part of the investigation of “primitive” systems of belief and ritual. In this special issue, authors are invited to present Magic as a system of inquiry and explanation unto itself, connected to but distinct from both philosophy and religious studies. Historical analyses may help to understand systems of magic as both natural and rational outgrowths of a particular perspective on reality.
The magical traditions of Paleolithic hunters, contemporary indigenous peoples, classical Greece and Rome, medieval Judaism, and the European Renaissance can be investigated as important and more or less disciplined attempts to understand the structure of the cosmos and the place of humankind within it. Far from representing irrational or superstitious systems of belief, key esoteric traditions have played a central role in the rise of art in the Old Stone Age, and of philosophy and science in the ancient, and early modern periods.
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