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作者 Geertz, Clifford
書名 Available Light : Anthropological Reflections on Philosophical Topics
出版項 Princeton : Princeton University Press, 2001
©2001
國際標準書號 9781400823406 (electronic bk.)
9780691089560
book jacket
說明 1 online resource (200 pages)
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computer c rdamedia
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附註 Cover -- Half title -- Title -- Copyright -- Dedication -- Contents -- Preface -- Acknowledgments -- I. Passage and Accident: A Life of Learning -- Overture -- The Bubble -- Changing the Subject -- Waiting Time -- II. Thinking as a Moral Act: Ethical Dimensions of Anthropological Fieldwork in the New States -- III. Anti Anti-Relativism -- IV. The Uses of Diversity -- V. The State of the Art -- Waddling In -- Culture War -- Deep Hanging Out -- History and Anthropology -- "Local Knowledge" and Its Limits -- VI. The Strange Estrangement: Charles Taylor and the Natural Sciences -- VII. The Legacy of Thomas Kuhn: The Right Text at the Right Time -- VIII. The Pinch of Destiny: Religion as Experience, Meaning, Identity, Power -- IX. Imbalancing Act: Jerome Bruner's Cultural Psychology -- X. Culture, Mind, Brain / Brain, Mind, Culture -- XI. The World in Pieces: Culture and Politics at the End of the Century -- The World in Pieces -- What Is a Country if It Is Not a Nation? -- What Is a Culture if It Is Not a Consensus? -- Index
Clifford Geertz, one of the most influential thinkers of our time, here discusses some of the most urgent issues facing intellectuals today. In this collection of personal and revealing essays, he explores the nature of his anthropological work in relation to a broader public, serving as the foremost spokesperson of his generation of scholars, those who came of age after World War II. His reflections are written in a style that both entertains and disconcerts, as they engage us in topics ranging from moral relativism to the relationship between cultural and psychological differences, from the diversity and tension among activist faiths to "ethnic conflict" in today's politics. Geertz, who once considered a career in philosophy, begins by explaining how he got swept into the revolutionary movement of symbolic anthropology. At that point, his work began to encompass not only the ethnography of groups in Southeast Asia and North Africa, but also the study of how meaning is made in all cultures--or, to use his phrase, to explore the "frames of meaning" in which people everywhere live out their lives. His philosophical orientation helped him to establish the role of anthropology within broader intellectual circles and led him to address the work of such leading thinkers as Charles Taylor, Thomas Kuhn, William James, and Jerome Bruner. In this volume, Geertz comments on their work as he explores questions in political philosophy, psychology, and religion that have intrigued him throughout his career but that now hold particular relevance in light of postmodernist thinking and multiculturalism. Available Light offers insightful discussions of concepts such as nation, identity, country, and self, with a reminder that like symbols in general, their meanings are not categorically fixed but grow and change through time and place. This book treats the reader
to an analysis of the American intellectual climate by someone who did much to shape it. One can read Available Light both for its revelation of public culture in its dynamic, evolving forms and for the story it tells about the remarkable adventures of an innovator during the "golden years" of American academia
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Electronic reproduction. Ann Arbor, Michigan : ProQuest Ebook Central, 2020. Available via World Wide Web. Access may be limited to ProQuest Ebook Central affiliated libraries
鏈接 Print version: Geertz, Clifford Available Light : Anthropological Reflections on Philosophical Topics Princeton : Princeton University Press,c2001 9780691089560
主題 Ethnology.;Philosophy.;Cultural pluralism
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Alt Author Geertz, Clifford
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