By George W. Stocking Jr.
" This quantity is probably going to turn out vital to historians of anthropology often and of British anthropology particularly. There are quite a lot of ancient talents on reveal, from conventional textual research to ancient sociology of the main subtle kind, and there's a roughly thorough chronological insurance from the period of classical evolutionism almost as much as the current. possible in simple terms wish that historicizing anthropologists will pattern a few of these wares."—Journal of the historical past of the Behavioral Sciences
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And, when the results proved satisfactory, he gave Frazer the more'difficult charge of "Pericles" (1885). Frazer later recalled that, when he had trouble finding a satisfactory opening, Smith "actually came to my rooms and began to write the article with his own 34 ROBERT ALUN JONES Portrait of William Robertson Smith, 1888 (courtesy of the Master and Fellows of Christ's College), hand at my dictation or from my notes to oblige me to make a start with it" (1897). Similar collaborative efforts followed, despite Smith's move from Trinity to Christ's College in January 1885.
Magic and religion, Smith then argued, have played conflicting roles in social and moral progress. " Precautions founded on respect for the gods, by contrast, "contain within them germinant principles of social progress and moral order" (1894:154). In his least antireligious moods, Frazer too could point to the positive role played by "superstition" in social progress; but it was a role based on fear, and one well replaced by reason (1909c). For Smith, religion was "progressive" precisely because it had nothing to do with fear, but enabled man to transcend it, to "convert" the demons of the wilderness, approachable only through magic, into the beneficent gods of the community, whose relations with man were the essence of religion itself.
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