Anthropology of the Self: The Individual in Cultural Perspective

Anthropology of the Self: The Individual in Cultural Perspective

by Brian Morris
     
 

ISBN-10: 0745308570

ISBN-13: 9780745308579

Pub. Date: 11/20/1994

Publisher: Pluto Press

The West has always had a particular fondness for the study of the individual: self and subjectivity are key concepts in social theory. Nowhere is this more evident than in anthropology, an academic discipline dedicated to the observation of the human person as a living, conscious and sociable being.

In Anthropology of the Self, Brian Morris adopts a deliberately

Overview

The West has always had a particular fondness for the study of the individual: self and subjectivity are key concepts in social theory. Nowhere is this more evident than in anthropology, an academic discipline dedicated to the observation of the human person as a living, conscious and sociable being.

In Anthropology of the Self, Brian Morris adopts a deliberately cross-cultural perspective to explore and contrast the origins, doctrines and conceptions of self in Western, Asian and African societies, ranging through Greek philosophy, Buddhism, Taoism, Hinduism, Confucianism and African philosophy. He concludes with a review of contemporary feminist critiques of dominant tendencies in the Western intellectual tradition. Anthropology of the Self is a lucid and highly readable study and a unique critical guide to the fascinating anthropological literature on cultural conceptions and representations of the human subject.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780745308579
Publisher:
Pluto Press
Publication date:
11/20/1994
Series:
Anthropology, Culture and Society Series
Pages:
240
Product dimensions:
5.51(w) x 8.66(h) x (d)

Table of Contents

Prefaceix
1.Introduction1
2.Greek Philosophy and Concepts of the Psyche23
3.Buddhism and the Doctrine of No Soul (Anatta)49
4.The Hindu Conception of the Self70
5.Taoism, Confucianism and the Chinese Self96
6.African Philosophy and Conceptions of the Person118
7.People as Social Beings: Conceptions of the Person in Oceania and Melanesia148
8.Feminist Philosophy and the Theory of the Self169
9.Conclusions192
Bibliography199
Index215

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