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Tradition as truth and communication : a cognitive description of traditional discourse

Author: Pascal Boyer
Publisher: Cambridge [England] ; New York : Cambridge University Press, 2006.
Series: Cambridge studies in social anthropology, 68.
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : 1st pbk. versionView all editions and formats
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Tradition is a central concept in the social sciences, but it is commonly treated as unproblematic. Dr. Boyer insists that social anthropology requires a theory of tradition, its constitution and transmission. He treats tradition "as a type of interaction which results in the repetition of certain communicative events," and therefore as a form of social action. Tradition as Truth and Communication deals particularly  Read more...
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Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Pascal Boyer
ISBN: 0521024668 9780521024662
OCLC Number: 70860400
Description: [x], 143 pages ; 23 cm.
Contents: 1. Conserved world-views or salient memories? --
2. How to think with 'empty' notions --
3. Criteria of truth --
4. Customised speech (I): truth without intentions --
5. Customised speech (II): truth without meaning --
6. Customised persons: initiation, competence and position --
7. Conclusion and programme.
Series Title: Cambridge studies in social anthropology, 68.
Responsibility: Pascal Boyer.
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