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Available light : anthropological reflections on philosophical topics

Author: Clifford Geertz
Publisher: Princeton, N.J. : Princeton University Press, ©2000.
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In this collection of essays, Clifford Geertz explores the nature of his anthropological work in relation to a broader public, serving as the foremost spokesperson of his generation of scholars, those who came of age after World War II. Geertz, who once considered a career in philosophy, begins by explaining how he got swept into the revolutionary movement of symbolic anthropology. At that point, his work began to  Read more...
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Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Clifford Geertz
ISBN: 0691049742 9780691049748 0691089566 9780691089560
OCLC Number: 42733690
Notes: Articles previously published chiefly 1983-1999.
Description: xvi, 271 pages ; 24 cm
Contents: Passage and accident: a life of learning --
Thinking as a moral act: ethical dimensions of anthropological fieldwork in the new states --
Anti anti-relativism --
The uses of diversity --
The state of the art --
The strange estrangement: Charles Taylor and the natural sciences --
The legacy of Thomas Kuhn: the right text at the right time --
The pinch of destiny: religion as experience, meaning, identity, power --
Imbalancing act: Jerome Bruner's cultural psychology --
Culture, mind, brain/brain, mind, culture --
The world in pieces: culture and politics at the end of the century.
Responsibility: Clifford Geertz.
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