Theodoros Kyriakides is a social anthropologist based in the Department of Religious Studies at The Open Univerity. Formerly at the University of Manchester, his interests include fieldwork methodology, Cyprus, Enlightenment and rationality.
This conversation between Richard Irvine, Theodoros Kyriakides and David G. Robertson concerns magical thinking in the modern world. We may think that such ideas are confined to the fringes in the secular, post-Enlightenment world, but this is not necessarily the case. We talk about Weber's rationalisation and James Frazer's evolutionary model of modernity, and how they relate to ideas of belief, and magic.