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critique liba 102 - Tim Jones Liba 102 February 2007...

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Tim Jones Liba 102/ Sec 17 11 February 2007 Intellectual Magic In the final chapter of Witchcraft and Magic in Europe, Ankarloo attempts to conclude his writing on witchcraft. He starts by summarizing the two previous chapters and concluding his definition of witchcraft in Europe. The final chapter seems to be written in a sort of self congratulatory way. The author uses wordy sentences to get a point across and loses the readers attention within the first few pages. After a few pages of redundancy the reader can begin to understand the authors purpose in writing. The second part of the last chapter starts by talking about the intellectual magic and its transformations of the scientific revolution. Even though intellectual magic may have contributed to advances in science, magic was not accepted. During the enlightenment, magic was looked at or believed to be an obstacle for obtaining true knowledge. Not even historians gave credit to magic for what it did for science or knowledge for humans. Later in the 1960’s, Frances Yates claimed that magic was the
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