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Seven Puzzles of Thought and How to Solve Them: And How to Solve Them: An Originalist Theory of Concepts

R. M. Sainsbury and Michael Tye

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
May 2012
ISBN:
9780199695317
eISBN:
9780191738531
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199695317.001.0001
Subject:
Philosophy, Philosophy of Mind, Philosophy of Language

How can one think about the same thing twice without knowing that it's the same thing? How can one think about nothing at all (for example Pegasus, the mythical flying horse)? Is thinking about ... More


The Charisma of Office

Stuart Clark

in Thinking with Demons: The Idea of Witchcraft in Early Modern Europe

Published in print:
1999
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780198208082
eISBN:
9780191677915
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198208082.003.0039
Subject:
History, European Early Modern History, Social History

Political sociology's most famous analysis of the grounds on which the exercise of authority might be validly defended was offered by Max Weber. He distinguished three forms of legitimate domination ... More


Gone Native: Witchcraft in the British Empire and beyond

Thomas Waters

in Cursed Britain: A History of Witchcraft and Black Magic in Modern Times

Published in print:
2019
Published Online:
May 2020
ISBN:
9780300221404
eISBN:
9780300249453
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Yale University Press
DOI:
10.12987/yale/9780300221404.003.0007
Subject:
History, British and Irish Early Modern History

This chapter moves out to the immense territories of the British Empire. From Africa to India to New Zealand, the empire was run by white Britons who often tried to stop indigenes from attacking ... More


The Elaboration of Los(s)

Peter Otto

in Blake’s Critique of Transcendence: Love, Jealousy, and the Sublime in The Four Zoas

Published in print:
2000
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780198187196
eISBN:
9780191674655
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198187196.003.0008
Subject:
Literature, 19th-century Literature and Romanticism, Poetry

This chapter analyses William Blake's illustration for Edward Young's poem Night-Thoughts. The proof engraving that begins in the Fourth, or the fourth chapter, illustrated Young's attempt to ... More


The Theory of Magic in Healing

Michael W. Dols and Diana E. Immisch

in Majnūn: The Madman in Medieval Islamic Society

Published in print:
1992
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780198202219
eISBN:
9780191675218
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198202219.003.0010
Subject:
History, World Medieval History, History of Science, Technology, and Medicine

This chapter provides a historical perspective on magical beliefs and practices in Muslim society as sanctioned by the Qur'an and hadith. Magic is almost always assumed to be bad — essentially evil, ... More


Introduction

Richard von Glahn

in The Sinister Way: The Divine and the Demonic in Chinese Religious Culture

Published in print:
2004
Published Online:
May 2012
ISBN:
9780520234086
eISBN:
9780520928770
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of California Press
DOI:
10.1525/california/9780520234086.003.0001
Subject:
Religion, History of Christianity

Chinese religion, past and present, has functioned above all as a means of invoking supernatural powers to gain some measure of control over one's mortal existence. Although historians of Chinese ... More


Empiricism and Means of Verification

Erik J. Hammerstrom

in The Science of Chinese Buddhism: Early Twentieth-Century Engagements

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
January 2016
ISBN:
9780231170345
eISBN:
9780231539586
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Columbia University Press
DOI:
10.7312/columbia/9780231170345.003.0004
Subject:
Religion, Buddhism

Looks at the Buddhist argument that both science and Buddhism emphasize the empirical verification of theories, and explains why this rhetoric would have been appealing to Chinese Buddhists in the ... More


Devoted to Death: Santa Muerte, the Skeleton Saint

R. Andrew Chesnut

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
May 2012
ISBN:
9780199764662
eISBN:
9780199932535
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199764662.001.0001
Subject:
Religion, Religion and Society

This book offers a fascinating portrayal of Santa Muerte, a skeleton saint whose cult has attracted millions of devotees over the past decade. Although condemned by mainstream churches, this folk ... More


Love and Death

Anne Lawrence-Mathers

in The True History of Merlin the Magician

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
October 2013
ISBN:
9780300144895
eISBN:
9780300189292
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Yale University Press
DOI:
10.12987/yale/9780300144895.003.0009
Subject:
History, European Medieval History

This chapter focuses on Merlin's much less known cycle of romances, in which his connection to demons and his supernatural powers made him a major figure in the legendary history of Christianity. ... More


Biblical Faith and the Reality of Social Evil

Stephen Charles Mott

in Biblical Ethics and Social Change

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
March 2015
ISBN:
9780199739370
eISBN:
9780190258399
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:osobl/9780199739370.003.0001
Subject:
Religion, Theology

This chapter examines the social reality of evil in relation to biblical faith as reflected both in the Scripture's concepts of “the world” and in its acknowledgment of the existence of evil ... More


Tantric Ritual

André Padoux

in The Hindu Tantric World: An Overview

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
September 2017
ISBN:
9780226423937
eISBN:
9780226424125
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226424125.003.0008
Subject:
Religion, Hinduism

This chapter examines the importance of ritual in Tantra. The importance given to ritual is not a solely Tantric trait. During Vedic times, certain sacrificial rites were long and complex. The ... More


Beliefs and Practices of Santería

Mercedes Cros Sandoval

in Worldview, the Orichas, and Santería: Africa to Cuba and Beyond

Published in print:
2007
Published Online:
September 2011
ISBN:
9780813030203
eISBN:
9780813039565
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University Press of Florida
DOI:
10.5744/florida/9780813030203.003.0004
Subject:
Society and Culture, Latin American Studies

This chapter discusses the different beliefs and practices of Santería. The most important belief is in the aché or ashe, which is a supernatural power, universal vibration, and immanent energy. The ... More


Conclusion

Paul Kléber Monod

in Solomon's Secret Arts: The Occult in the Age of Enlightenment

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
October 2013
ISBN:
9780300123586
eISBN:
9780300195392
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Yale University Press
DOI:
10.12987/yale/9780300123586.003.0011
Subject:
History, European Early Modern History

This book concludes by showing that, although the occult has always been with us, it has always experienced change and has not remained the same. Within England and Scotland, this can be understood ... More


Curse and Blessing: On Post-slavery Modes of Perception and Agency in Benin1

Christine Hardung

in Reconfiguring Slavery: West African Trajectories

Published in print:
2009
Published Online:
June 2013
ISBN:
9781846311994
eISBN:
9781846315640
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Liverpool University Press
DOI:
10.5949/liverpool/9781846311994.003.0006
Subject:
History, Imperialism and Colonialism

This chapter examines the strategies of Gannunkeebe, a Muslim community living in the provinces of Borgu and Atakora in Northern Benin, and the influence of ideologies of hierarchy on the ideas and ... More


Origins, History, Expansion

André Padoux

in The Hindu Tantric World: An Overview

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
September 2017
ISBN:
9780226423937
eISBN:
9780226424125
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226424125.003.0002
Subject:
Religion, Hinduism

This chapter discusses the origins and expansion of Tantra, a socioreligious phenomenon that has permanently marked not only the religions but also the history, the very life, of South Asian and ... More


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