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New York TimesMr. Geertz's most recent collection of papers and lectures . . . makes the peculiarities of his profession still more pronounced. What, he asks, is anthropology really about? . . . Isn't the anthropologist doomed to misinterpret another culture? Is any universal judgement possible? . . . So the anthropologist stands at a troubled crossroads. . . . In one direction is the world of culture, diverse and unimaginably complex; in the other is the world of nature, immutable and universal.
— Edward Rothstein