First written by Marcel Mauss and Henri Humbert in 1902, A General Theory of Magic gained a wide new readership when republished by Mauss in 1950.
As a study of magic in 'primitive' societies and its survival today in our thoughts and social actions, it represents what Claude Levi-Strauss called, in an introduction to that edition, the astonishing modernity of the mind of one of the century's greatest thinkers.
The book offers a fascinating snapshot of magic throughout various cultures as well as deep sociological and religious insights still very much relevant today.
At a period when art, magic and science appear to be crossing paths once again, A General Theory of Magic presents itself as a classic for our times.
- Format: Paperback
- Pages: 192 pages, black & white illustrations
- Publisher: Taylor & Francis Ltd
- Publication Date: 18/05/2001
- Category: Magic, alchemy & hermetic thought
- ISBN: 9780415253963