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Gurvitch, 1942. Social Research 9(1):104-122

Magic and Law
Georges Gurvitch

Social Research: An International Quarterly

Arien Mack, Editor

Volume 9, No. 1 (Spring 1942): 104-122

EXCERPT: We shall show that the struggle and rivalry between religion and magic was an essential factor in the complexity of primitive society: in conflicts between clan and fraternal associations; in the differentiation between contractual law and property law, and between movable property and real estate; in the struggle between the morality of taboos and the morality of revolt; and finally, in conflicts between transcendence and immanence, whose principles originate sociologically in the antimony between religion and magic. This antimony in primitive mentality has never been appreciated at its just value, for just those scientists who contributed most to the concentration of attention on magic and its social repercussions have immediately weakened if not destroyed the most valuable results of their findings.
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