Anthropology as Ethics: Non-dualism and the Conduct of Sacrifice

Anthropology as Ethics: Non-dualism and the Conduct of Sacrifice

By: T. M. S. Evens (author)Hardback

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Cutting directly across social science and the humanities, "Anthropology as Ethics" presents an intensive project in philosophical anthropology, which rethinks anthropology by rethinking ontology. It develops the ontological implications of the defining thesis of the Manchester School of Social Anthropology: that all social order necessarily betrays conflicting underlying principles. Drawing especially on Continental philosophy, such as the work of Wittgenstein, Merleau-Ponty, Levinas, Derrida, Bourdieu, Habermas, and Foucault, and pre-modern thought, such as that of the Nuer, the Dinka, the Azande, and the Hebrew bible, the book mounts a radical study of the ontology of self and other in relation to dualism, on the one hand, and non-dualism, on the other. At heart the book is a plea for a new kind of reason, one that bears on value.

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T. M. S. Evens, a senior social anthropologist, who received his training at Manchester University, is Professor of Anthropology at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where he has taught since 1971. He has held visiting appointments at the University of Chicago, the Ecoles des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales, the University of Calcutta, and Asmara University, Eritrea. He has done extensive field research in an Israeli kibbutz, and is author of Two Kinds of Rationality: Kibbutz Democracy and Generational Conflict, and co-editor of the collection, Transcendence in Society: Case Studies. His essays have appeared in a variety of journals and edited collections. Drawn especially to theory and phenomenology, he has sought from the beginnings of his professional career to isolate, identify, and critically explore the philosophical underpinnings of empirical anthropology.


Acknowledgments Organization and Key Usages Introduction: Nondualism, Ontology, and Anthropology PART I: THE ETHNOGRAPHIC SELF: THE SOCIO-POLITICAL PATHOLOGY OF MODERNITY Chapter 1. Anthropology and the Synthetic a Priori: Wittgenstein and Merleau-Ponty Chapter 2. Blind Faith and the Binding of Isaac-the Akedah Chapter 3. Excursus I: Sacrifice as Human Existence Chapter 4. Counter-Sacrifice and Instrumental Reason-the Holocaust Chapter 5. Bourdieu's Anti-dualism and Generalized MaterialismA" Chapter 6. Habermas's Anti-dualism and Communicative RationalityA" PART II: THE ETHNOGRAPHIC OTHER: THE ETHICAL OPENNESS OF ARCHAIC UNDERSTANDING Chapter 7. Technological Efficacy, Mythic Rationality, and Non-contradiction Chapter 8. Epistemic Efficacy, Mythic Rationality, and Non-contradiction Chapter 9. Contradiction and Choice among the Dinka and in Genesis Chapter 10. Contradiction in Azande Oracular Practice and in Psychotherapeutic Interaction PART III: FROM MYTHIC TO VALUE-RATIONALITY: TOWARD ETHICAL GAIN Chapter 11. Epistemic and Ethical Gain Chapter 12. Transcending Dualism and Amplifying Choice Chapter 13. Excursus II: What Good, Ethics? Chapter 14. Anthropology and the Generative Primacy of Moral Order Conclusion: Emancipatory Selfhood and Value-Rationality Notes References Index

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  • publication date: 01/05/2008
  • ISBN13: 9781845452247
  • Format: Hardback
  • Number Of Pages: 392
  • ID: 9781845452247
  • ISBN10: 1845452240

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