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Media and Witchcraft Accusation in Northern Ghana

A Study of the Dagomba Community

Leo Igwe

security. With all these challenges, the media risk being partial in their coverage and in what they present for public consumption. These limitations, notwithstanding, there are specific factual, unbiased and well-balanced stories on witchcraft accusations as illustrated in these three cases from the

Thomas J. Coleman III, Kenan Sevinç, Ralph W. Hood Jr. and Jonathan Jong

nonreligious individuals in today’s society: If theistic beliefs are so efficacious in ameliorating the fear of death for believers, can the beliefs held by nonbelievers operate similarly, and what might these beliefs be? In the present article, we review selected Terror Management Theory ( TMT ) research on

Anastasia E. Somerville-Wong

within a liturgical framework that does not present them as sacred, divinely inspired or as historical fact. There is even room for secular interpretations of the established weekly or annual celebrations of parent faiths and cultures as well as celebrations of secular figures such as Charles Darwin and

After Darwin

Morality in a Secular World

Jeff O’Connell and Michael Ruse

and selection. We must call those spurious philanthropists, who, to prevent present misery, would entail greater misery upon future generations. All defenders of a Poor Law must, however, be classed among such. That rigorous necessity which, when allowed to act on them, becomes so sharp a spur to the


Jan Rehmann

Basing his research on Gramsci’s theory of hegemony, Rehmann provides a comprehensive socio-analysis of Max Weber’s political and intellectual position in the ideological network of his time. Max Weber: Modernisation as Passive Revolution shows that, even though Weber presents his science as ‘value-free’, he is best understood as an organic intellectual of the bourgeoisie, who has the mission of providing his class with an intense ethico-political education. Viewed as a whole, his writings present a new model for bourgeois hegemony in the transition to ‘Fordism’. Weber is both a sharp critic of a ‘passive revolution’ in Germany tying the bourgeois class to the interests of the agrarian class, and a proponent of a more modern version of passive revolution, which would foreclose a socialist revolution by the construction of an industrial bloc consisting of the bourgeoisie and labour aristocracy.

© 1998 Argument Verlag GmbH, Hamburg. Translated from German “Max Weber: Modernisierung als passive Revolution. Kontextstudien zu Politik Philosophie und Religion im Übergang zum Fordismus”.


Roberto Romani

novelty can be made for this book. First, sensibilities are an original standpoint, especially, as just implied, with respect to the moderates. That the patriots were critical of Italians’ past and present attitudes is not a new finding, but the existence of ‘affirmative’ sensibilities complementing that


Roberto Romani

outside of Catholicism. In both the past and the present, he claimed, everything great happening on the peninsula has been due to religion. 33 Liberalism on the British and French examples is inadequate, he continued, as constitutions have failed to deliver justice and check greed; the reason is that


Roberto Romani

looking inside themselves, Foscolo and his ilk arrogantly expected to be ‘great and happy’ irrespective of God. But since they did not feel happy in the present, they projected happiness in the future, turning it into expectation and aspiration. This attitude induced a constant spiritual agitation

Cécile Laborde

coercive laws by public officials. While all kinds of reasons, including merely intelligible ones, can be presented by, and engaged with, citizens in democratic debate, public officials have a duty not to justify laws merely by appeal to reasons that are intelligible. They should not present their personal

Élise Rouméas

. Careful examination of the four criteria indicates the following: (a) the law is directly burdensome; (b) the burden is severe; (c) the aim of the law could be presented as pivotal to egalitarian justice; and (d) cost-shifting is significant. Balancing these considerations does not decisively point to one