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  • Paperback: 382 pages
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press (27 Feb. 1987)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 052133991X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0521339919
  • Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 2.2 x 22.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
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"Written with urbanity and wit, this book reviews the intellectual and historical contexts in which anthropology became a discipline concerned with the explanation of religion as a human behavior." Religious Studies Review

"Written in an easy and approachable style, Morris's book is a first-rate survey of the social scientific study of religion and is highly recommended." Robert Segal, The Journal of Religion

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In this important, scholarly and wide-ranging text, Brian Morris provides a lucid outline of explanations of religious phenomena offered by such great thinkers as Hegel, Marx, and Weber. In doing so he also unravels theoretical strategies in the study of religion that have been developed and explored by later anthropologists.

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"All the great philosophical ideas of the past century - the philosophies of Marx and Nietzsche, phenomenology, German existentialism, and psychoanalysis - had their beginnings in Hegel; it was he who started the attempt to explore the irrational and integrate it into an expanded reason, which remains the task of our century." Read the first page
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By Ale on 1 Nov. 2013
Format: Paperback
The text by Brian Morris is unquestionably a great account of the religious studies from a anthropological point of view. It has served me to start looking at religions differently.
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A good introduction 11 Jan. 2002
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I just finished reading this book as a starting point for a larger research project into the anthropological perspective on religion and found it to be a useful and in-depth introduction. This is not a "for beginners" book and Morris does not talk down to the reader. Morris provides a broad overview of important perspectives on religion from sociologists (Marx, Weber, Durkheim), anthropologists (Turner, Levi-Strauss, Malinowski, Douglas), and even covering, although pretty critically, the psychoanalytic interpretations of Freud and Jung. This is a good, comprehensive introduction that gives a general overview and deals with the criticisms of a flaws in the theories covered.
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in-depth theoretical approach with very little bias 3 Jun. 1998
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This book is a great textbook for any beginning anthropological student (whether or not you're in school) though it is very dense and tough to get through. First, you get a paragraph or so explaining the background of the person whose theories are being presented. Then you get the basic reactions and opinions of the scholar and their theories, followed by an explanation of the theories themselves. In some cases, you also get other scholars' criticisms and then the original's rebuttals. Morris seems to have a pretty liberal approach to the field, and it is rare to see his biases show.
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A brilliant man 9 May 2006
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I've lost my copy of this book and am willing to buy it again!Having had the great privilege of taking several courses with Professor Morris, I highly, highly recommend this and any other book he's authored. He is an excellent anthropologist with a deep understanding of the concepts he delves into.
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