The Ground Between: Anthropologists Engage Philosophy

2014.11.17 : View this Review Online | View Recent NDPR Reviews Veena Das, Michael Jackson, Arthur Kleinman, and Bhrigupati Singh (eds.), The Ground Between: Anthropologists Engage Philosophy,
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2014.11.17 : View this Review Online | View Recent NDPR Reviews Veena Das, Michael Jackson, Arthur Kleinman, and Bhrigupati Singh (eds.), The Ground Between: Anthropologists Engage Philosophy, Duke University Press, 2014, 351pp., $26.95 (pbk), ISBN 9780822357186. Reviewed by Michele M. Moody-Adams, Columbia University It is tempting to posit a fundamental antagonism between philosophical inquiry and the anthropological project of ethnography. The ethnographer typically relies on participant observation and interviews cultural "informants" in the local language; the philosopher often constructs thought-experiments and offers arguments meant to abstract from the "local" and the everyday. It may thus be thought that even when anthropology and philosophy address similar concerns about the human condition, philosophy will involve a kind of "distance" from the world that is antithetical to the ethnographer's concern to understand the details of human experience. The editors. . .

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