Nine Theories of Religion

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  • Edition: 3rd
  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 9/8/2014
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press

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Why do human beings believe in divinities? Why do some seek eternal life, while others seek escape from recurring lives? Why do the beliefs and behaviors we typically call "religious" so deeply affect the human personality and so subtly weave their way through human society?

Revised and updated in this third edition, Nine Theories of Religion considers how these fundamental questions have engaged the most important thinkers of the modern era. Accessible, systematic, and succinct, it considers the Victorian anthropology of E. B. Tylor and J. G. Frazer, the "reductionist" social science of Sigmund Freud, Émile Durkheim, and Karl Marx, the non-reductionist approaches of Max Weber, William James, and Mircea Eliade, and the alternative paradigms that have arisen from the work of E. E. Evans-Pritchard and Clifford Geertz. The third edition features a new chapter on William James. Each chapter offers biographical background, theoretical exposition, conceptual analysis, and critical assessment.

Ideal as a supplementary text in introductory religion courses or as the main text in theory and method in religious studies or in sociology of religion courses, Nine Theories of Religion, Third Edition, offers an illuminating treatment of this controversial and fascinating subject. It can be used as a stand-alone text or with the author's companion reader, Introducing Religion: Readings from the Classic Theorists.

Author Biography

Daniel L. Pals is Professor of Religious Studies and History at the University of Miami. He is the author of Introducing Religion: Readings from the Classic Theorists (OUP, 2008).

Table of Contents

*=New to this Edition
1. Animism and Magic, E.B. Tylor and J.G. Frazer
2. Religion and Personality, Sigmund Freud
3. Society as Sacred, Émile Durkheim
4. Religion as Alienation, Karl Marx
5. A Source of Social Action, Max Weber?
* 6. The Verdict of Religious Experience, William James
7. The Reality of the Sacred, Mircea Eliade
8. Society's "Construct of the Heart," E.E. Evans-Pritchard
9. Religion as Cultural System, Clifford Geertz
10. Conclusion

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