Complete Theories of Magic (call for outlines)
pls contribute outlines of those whose material deserves study as
a complete theory of magic (Crowleyan Magick or any other type of
general magic as described), then dissect their particulars as you
feel like it, comparing other systems and your own experience.
the one I've spent the most time focussing on with any interest
outside role-playing game supplements (which outnumber occult
treatises in terms of substance, I notice) was by Marcel Mauss.
most occultists insufficiently describe their theory of magic
or obscure it in religious terminology, and I prefer someone
who dispenses with latter while coherently explaining the topic.
Mauss' brevity and conciseness are particularly appealing.
his Table of Contents translated from the french by R.Brain:
"A General Theory of Magic"
Foreward by Dr. D. F. Pocock 1
Ch 1 Sources and Historical Background 11
Ch 2 A Definition of Magic 18
Ch 3 The Elements of Magic 25
1 *The Magician* 25
2 *The Actions* 44
3 *Representations* 60
4 *General Observations* 86
Ch 4 An Analysis and Explanation of Magic 91
1 *Belief* 91
2 *An Analysis of Ideological Explanations
Concerning the Effectiveness of Ritual* 97
3 *Mana* 108
4 *Collective States and Collective Forces* 122
Ch 5 Conclusion 141
First Published in "Sociologie et Anthropologie"
(c) *Presses University de France* 1950.
This translation first published in 1972
by Routledge & Kegan Paul Ltd. Broadway House,
68-74 Carter Lane, London, EC4V 5EL and
9 Park Street, Boston, Mass. 02108, U.S.A.
Printed in Great Britain by C. Tinling & Co. Ltd.,
London and Prescot
(C) Robert Brain 1972
ISBN 07100 7338 0
the author/publisher allow quotation of brief
passages in criticism. quotes from it and other
books of this sort might become the standard by
which a discussion of the general theory of magic
might be conducted. as I continue to study it,
I'll attempt to reflect his significant ideas
and main points in contention with alternatives
and encourage others to do likewise, from whatever
perspective they find valuable. ;>