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The subject of virtue : an anthropology of ethics and freedom

Author: James Laidlaw
Publisher: New York : Cambridge University Press, 2014.
Series: New departures in anthropology.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"The anthropology of ethics has become an important and fast-growing field in recent years. This book argues that it represents not just a new subfield within anthropology but a conceptual renewal of the discipline as a whole, enabling it to take account of a major dimension of human conduct which social theory has so far failed adequately to address. An ideal introduction for students and researchers in
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: James Laidlaw
ISBN: 9781107028463 1107028469 9781107697317 110769731X
OCLC Number: 851285438
Description: x, 258 pages ; 24 cm.
Contents: 1. Beyond the science of unfreedom --
2. Virtue ethics : philosophy with an ethnographic stance? --
3. Foucault's genealogy and the undefined work of freedom --
4. The 'question of freedom' in anthropology --
5. Taking responsibility seriously --
6. The reluctant cannibal.
Series Title: New departures in anthropology.
Responsibility: James Laidlaw.
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