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Available light : anthropological reflections on philosophical topics

Geertz, Clifford.

Princeton, N.J. : Princeton University Press c2000

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  • Title:
    Available light : anthropological reflections on philosophical topics
  • Author/Creator: Geertz, Clifford.
  • Publisher: Princeton, N.J. : Princeton University Press
  • Creation Date: c2000
  • Language: English
  • Physical Description: xvi, 271 p. ; 24 cm.
  • Bibliography: Includes bibliographical references and index.
  • Subjects: Ethnology; Philosophy; Cultural pluralism
  • Description: In this collection of essays, Clifford Geertz 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. 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 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.
  • Notes: Includes bibliographical references and index.
  • Contents: Passage and accident: a life of learning
    Thinking as a moral act: ethical dimensions of anthropological fieldwork in the new states
    Anti anti-relativism
    The uses of diversity
    The state of the art
    The strange estrangement: Charles Taylor and the natural sciences
    The legacy of Thomas Kuhn: the right text at the right time
    The pinch of destiny: religion as experience, meaning, identity, power
    Imbalancing act: Jerome Bruner's cultural psychology
    Culture, mind, brain/brain, mind, culture
    The world in pieces: culture and politics at the end of the century.
  • OCLC Number: 42733690
  • Identifier: ISBN0691049742;ISBN9780691049748;ISBN0691089566;ISBN9780691089560;LCCN99054958