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The Category of the person : anthropology, philosophy, history

Author: Michael Carrithers; Steven Collins; Steven Lukes
Publisher: Cambridge [Cambridgeshire] ; New York : Cambridge University Press, 1985.
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"The concept that peope have of themselves as a 'person' is one of the most intimate notions that they hold. Yet the way in which the category of the person is conceived varies over time and space. In this volume, anthropologists, philosophers, and historians examine the notion of the person in different cultures, past and present. Taking as their starting point a lecture on the person as a category of the human  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Cross-cultural studies
Named Person: Marcel Mauss; Marcel Mauss; Marcel Mauss; Marcel Mauss
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Michael Carrithers; Steven Collins; Steven Lukes
ISBN: 0521259096 9780521259095 0521277574 9780521277570
OCLC Number: 11523564
Description: viii, 309 pages ; 24 cm
Contents: A category of the human mind / Marcel Mauss --
The category of the person / N.J. Allen --
Categories, concepts, or predicaments? / Steven Collins --
Marcel Mauss and the quest for the person in Greek biography and autobiography / A. Momigliano --
A modified view of our origins / Louis Dumont --
Person and individual / J.S. La Fontaine --
Self: public, private, some African representations / Godfrey Lienhardt --
Between the earth and heaven / Mark Elvin --
Purity and power among the Brahmans of Kashmir / Alexis Sanderson --
Of masks and men / Martin Hollis --
An alternative social history of the self / Michael Carrithers --
The person / Charles Taylor.
Responsibility: edited by Michael Carrithers, Steven Collins, Steven Lukes.
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"The concept that peope have of themselves as a 'person' is one of the most intimate notions that they hold. Yet the way in which the category of the person is conceived varies over time and space. In this volume, anthropologists, philosophers, and historians examine the notion of the person in different cultures, past and present. Taking as their starting point a lecture on the person as a category of the human mind, given by Marcel Mauss in 1938, the contributors critically assess Mauss's speculation that notions of the person, rather than being primarily philosophical or psychological, have a complex social and ideological origin. Discussing societies ranging from ancient Greece, India, and China to modern Africa and Papua New Guinea, they provide fascinating descriptions of how these different cultures define the person. But they also raise deeper theoretical issues: What is universally constant and what is culturally variable in people's thinking about the person? How can these variations be explained? Has there been a general progressive development toward the modern Western view of the person? What is distinctive about this? How do one's notions of the person inform one's ability to comprehend alternative formulations? These questions are of compelling interest for a wide range of anthropologists, philosophers, historians, psychologists, sociologists, orientalists, and classicists. The book will appeal to any reader concerned with understanding one of the most fundamental aspects of human existence"--Publisher description.

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