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Magic, science, and the equality of human wits

Paolo Rossi

in Nature and Narrative

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Published in print May 2003 | ISBN: 9780198526117
Published online March 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780191754326 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/med/9780198526117.003.0017

Series: International Perspectives in Philosophy & Psychiatry

Magic, science, and the equality of human wits

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Chapter 17 discusses several closely bound themes which reappear in innumerable texts, namely, the secret and reserved character of knowledge, the divulging of which would have ill-omened consequences; the extreme difficulty and complication of procedures and rituals that permit one to approach the truth; the distinction between the narrow group of sages ; and the extraordinary character of the personality of the magician who can accomplish impressive feats and who has reached a level of knowledge that sets him or her apart.

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Subjects: Psychiatry

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