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Spirit Possession and Trance New Interdisciplinary Perspectives

by Bettina Schmidt

Part of the Continuum Advances in Religious Studies Series

Spirit Possession and Trance New Interdisciplinary Perspectives Synopsis

Key Concepts in Philosophy is a series of concise, accessible and engaging introductions to the core ideas and subjects encountered in the study of philosophy. Specially written to meet the needs of students and those with an interest in, but little prior knowledge of, philosophy, these books open up fascinating, yet sometimes difficult ideas. The series builds to give a solid grounding in philosophy and each book is also ideal as a companion to further study. The philosophy of mind - inquiry into just what the mind is and the nature of its relationship to the body - is one of Western philosophy's focal points. This is a comprehensive, clear and authoritative guide to the subject's history, its key themes and concepts, and those philosophers who have most influenced it, aimed at students encountering the discipline for the first time. The text illustrates the importance of the concept of mind in defining what it is to be human; this unifies the discussion and analysis of specific topics. Having outlined the major traditional accounts of the nature of the mind in western philosophy, the book goes on to examine such important concepts as subjectivity, intentionality and behaviour. The book also explores how far the concept of mind can be extended to animals and machines, such as computers and robots. Philosophy undergraduates will find this an invaluable aid to study, one that goes beyond simple definitions and summaries to really open up fascinating and important ideas and arguments.

Spirit Possession and Trance New Interdisciplinary Perspectives Press Reviews

Is possession by spirits a global phenomenon or do the differences in different cultural conceptualisations preclude world-wide comparison? Can one distinguish clearly between possession by spirits and trance? Are shamans possessed? Are mediums charlatans or are they really shamans in Western dress? How do modern New Age shamans compare with tribal masters of the art? All these and other questions are addressed by the contributors to this collection of essays on spirit possession across time and space. The range of ethnography is a particularly important and unusual feature; the ethnographic details provide rich material for these important debates. A comprehensive introduction by the editors sets the theoretical context. An important contribution to thinking on this intriguing phenomenon. - Professor Jean La Fontaine, The London School of Economics and Political Science, UK

Book Information

ISBN: 9780826435743
Publication date: 24th March 2010
Author: Bettina Schmidt
Publisher: Continuum International Publishing Group Ltd. an imprint of Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
Format: Hardback
Pagination: 258 pages
Categories: Spirituality & religious experience, Christian spirituality & religious experience,

About Bettina Schmidt

Dr Bettina Schmidt is a cultural anthropologist and Senior Lecturer in Study of Religions at Bangor University, Wales. Dr Lucy Huskinson is Lecturer in the Philosophy of Religion at Bangor University, Wales.

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