A development in anthropological theory, characterized as the 'moral turn', is gaining popularity and should be carefully considered. In examining the context, arguments, and discourse that surrounds this trend, this volume aims to reconceptualise the discipline of anthropology in a radically critical way. Contributions from anthropologists from around the world from different theoretical traditions and with expertise in a multiplicity of ethnographic areas makes this collection a provocative contribution to larger discussions not only in anthropology but the social sciences more broadly.
Bruce Kapferer is Honorary Professor University College London and Professor Emeritus, University of Bergen, where he is Director of the Egalitarianism Project supported by an ERC Advanced Grant. Has published widely on South Asia, Africa and Australia where he has done extensive anthropological fieldwork.Marina Gold is research fellow in the department of Social Anthropology at the University of Bergen, where she is part of the ERC Advanced Grant Egalitarianism Project. Her publications include articles in Social Analysis, and the Bulletin of Latin American Research and a recent monograph based on her research in Cuba, titled People and State in Socialist Cuba: Ideas and practices of Revolution (Palgrave 2015).
Introduction: Reconceptualising the discipline PART I: THE CASE AGAINST MORAL ANTHROPOLOGY Chapter 1. Why I will not make it as a 'moral anthropologist' Don Kalb Chapter 2. Steps away from moralism Martin Holbraad Chapter 3. Not Beyond Good and Evil: the Ethics of Anthropology and the Anthropology of Ethics Kirsten Bell Chapter 4. An Obscure Desire for Catastrophe Rohan Bastin PART II: MORAL ISSUES IN CONTEXT Chapter 5. Facts, Values, Morality, and Anthropology Christopher C. Taylor Chapter 6. Moral Anthropology, Human Rights and Egalitarianism or The AAA boycott Marina Gold Chaprter 7. Anthropology's Atavistic Turn : An Animist Perspective Caroline Ifeka PART III: PHILOSOPHICAL QUESTIONS Chapter 8. Empathy, as affective ethical technology and transformative political praxis Elisabeth Kirtsoglou and Dimitrios Theodossopoulos Chapter 9. The Question of Ethics and Morality Terry Evens PART IV: A BROADER VIEW IN HISTORICAL CONTEXT Chapter 10. The Horizon of Freedom and Ethics of Singularity: The Social Individual and the Necessity of Reloading the Spirit of 1968 Jakob Rigi Chapter 11. Situating Morality Jonathan Friedman