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Divinatory Logics Diagnoses and Predictions Mediating Outcomes

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This paper is about the logics of how practitioners and their clients use divination in their ongoing involvement with everyday life. It asks philosophical questions of the implications of praxis and suggests that the answers are not always what philosophers might expect. I distinguish two uses or aspects of divinatory usage: that concerned with the present or past, diagnosis, and that concerned with the future, prognosis or prediction. Divinatory practice often contains both aspects; however...

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Published
Peer review status:
Peer reviewed
Version:
Accepted version

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10.1086/666829

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Institution:
University of Oxford
Department:
Social Sciences Division - Anthropology and Museum Ethnography,School of - Social and Cultural Anthropology,Institute of
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press Publisher's website
Journal:
CURRENT ANTHROPOLOGY Journal website
Volume:
53
Issue:
5
Pages:
525-546
Publication date:
2012-10-05
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ISSN:
0011-3204
URN:
uuid:75794205-bc10-4b8d-acb3-9b94e69b8bc8
Source identifiers:
360209
Local pid:
pubs:360209
Language:
English

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