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Making Magic

Hermetic Library Fellow T Polyphilus reviews Making Magic: Religion, Magic, and Science in the Modern World by Randall Styers.

Styers writes about how the various modern social theories antagonistic to magic have served to police the boundaries of piety, reason, and desire, in the service of a bifurcation between spiritualized religion and scientific secular power. But he also notes that not all modern theorists have opposed magic, and that even its alleged repulsiveness involves a measure of self-recognition. The book is a worthwhile read for anyone interested in the ways in which academic disciplines approach the concept of magic. [via]