Jump to ContentJump to Main Navigation
The End of Magic$
Users without a subscription are not able to see the full content.

Ariel Glucklich

Print publication date: 1997

Print ISBN-13: 9780195108798

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195108798.001.0001

Show Summary Details
Page of

PRINTED FROM OXFORD SCHOLARSHIP ONLINE (www.oxfordscholarship.com). (c) Copyright Oxford University Press, 2020. All Rights Reserved. An individual user may print out a PDF of a single chapter of a monograph in OSO for personal use. date: 08 July 2020

The End of Magic

The End of Magic

Chapter:
(p.221) Sixteen The End of Magic
Source:
The End of Magic
Author(s):

Ariel Glucklich

Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195108798.003.0017

For a variety of reasons, scholars of religions no longer find it useful to compare religion and magic. According to the worst misconception, magic compels natural or supernatural forces to obey human will, whereas religion acts by supplication to a god who may or may not respond. With the rise of symbolical interpretations of magic, this distinction has stopped making sense. If the magical act is a form of expressive speech, which is not compelling but meaningful, then magic and religion become two types of one phenomenon: a symbolic rationality in relation to the sacred. Due to the fact that the magical experience can exist anywhere—a dentist's office as much as a hunting expedition—it is the subjective aspect of magic that should interest us most. Magical “empathy” can become the new subject of inquiry, the extension of the magical experience into daily life. The study of magic must combine the history of embodied experience—the ground of interrelatedness—and its articulation in concrete cultural forms.

Keywords:   magic, religion, empathy, interrelatedness, symbolic rationality, sacred, magical experience, cultural forms

Oxford Scholarship Online requires a subscription or purchase to access the full text of books within the service. Public users can however freely search the site and view the abstracts and keywords for each book and chapter.

Please, subscribe or login to access full text content.

If you think you should have access to this title, please contact your librarian.

To troubleshoot, please check our FAQs , and if you can't find the answer there, please contact us .