Foundations in the Study of Magic, Part 3: Definitions

Historiography and Terminology in the study of Magic
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Foundations in the Study of Magic, Part 3: Definitions
Rating: 4.2 out of 5 (12 ratings)
896 students
Background on the terms and defintions used in Religious studies to describe magic and other sociological phenomena.


  • Basic critical thinking and the ability to read at an undergraduate level.


Just like Part 1 and 2, Part 3 is  one of the entry points to the Academic Study of Magic. In Part 3 of the Foundation in the Study of Magic you will cover the History of the scholarship  of magic.  Starting with scholars in the 19th century learn how the important minds of the time shaped the study of religion and magic  in the modern period.  Then in the 20th century you will be shown how the new field of sociology  was used to show how magic is useful for cultures around the world.  Finally, cap off this lecture with  a discussion of how the terms, Religion, Esotericism, Occult, and Magic have a range of meanings and usages historically and for every other lecture in this series.

Who this course is for:

  • Historians, Anthropologists, Sociologists, anyone interested in learning about magic and religious studies in general.

Course content

3 sections • 6 lectures • 1h 2m total length
  • Introduction


Independent Special Collections Librarian and Historian
R.A. Priddle
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From Williamstown Ontario R.A. Priddle is a special collection librarian and historian of magic, religion, and science.  He earned his Masters of Arts in Religious Studies from the University of Ottawa and his Masters of Information from the University of Toronto concurrently in 2013. Robert has traveled Europe and North America studying and speaking about magic and is delighted to return home to Canada to share his experience and expertise in the ubiquitous but little understood technology of magic.