On Anthropological Knowledge: Three Essays

On Anthropological Knowledge Three Essays What can be understood of other cultures And what can we learn about people in general from the study of other cultures In the three closely related essays that constitute this book and which have alr

What can be understood of other cultures And what can we learn about people in general from the study of other cultures In the three closely related essays that constitute this book and which have already created considerable controversy in their original French versions, and been rewritten and expanded for this edition, Dan Sperber discusses these fundamental issues ofWhat can be understood of other cultures And what can we learn about people in general from the study of other cultures In the three closely related essays that constitute this book and which have already created considerable controversy in their original French versions, and been rewritten and expanded for this edition, Dan Sperber discusses these fundamental issues of anthropology In the first essay he analyses the way in which anthropology is written and read In the second, he offers a novel rationalist alternative to cultural relativism, based on both anthropological and psychological arguments, and illustrated by his own fieldwork in Ethiopia The third essay provides an assessment of the work of Levi Strauss, in which the arguments of the previous two essays are linked with an incisive critique of Levi Strauss contribution to the study of cultural variation.

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  1. Dan Sperber is a French social and cognitive scientist His most influential work has been in the fields of cognitive anthropology and linguistic pragmatics developing, with British psychologist Deirdre Wilson, relevance theory in the latter and an approach to cultural evolution known as the epidemiology of representations in the former Sperber currently holds the positions of Directeur de Recherche m rite at the Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique and Director of the International Cognition and Culture Institute.

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