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Anthropological Reflections on Philosophical Topics

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Author: Geertz, Clifford
ISBN:978-0-691-04974-8
Publication Date:Mar 2000
Publisher:Princeton University Press
Book Format:Hardback
List Price:AUD $99.00
Book Description:

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...
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Book Details
Pages:288
Detailed Subjects: Social Science / Anthropology / Cultural & Social
Philosophy / General
Social Science / Sociology / Social Theory
Physical Dimensions (W X L X H):15.24 x 22.86 x 2.362 cm
Book Weight:0.54 Kilograms
Author Biography
Geertz, Clifford (Author)
Clifford Geertz, an American anthropologist, is known for his studies of Islam in Indonesia and Morocco and of the peasant economy of Java. But he is also the leading exponent of an orientation in the social sciences called "interpretation". Social life, according to this view, is organized in terms of symbols whose meaning we must grasp if we are to understand that organization and formulate its principles. Interpretative explanations focus on what institutions, actions, customs, and so on mean to the people involved. What emerges from studies of this kind are not laws of society, and certainly not statistical relationships, but rather interpretations, that is to say, understanding. Geertz taught for 10 years at the University of Chicago and has been the Harold F. Linder professor of social science at the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton, New Jersey.

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