The Enigma of Gift and Sacrifice

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What does it mean to give a "gift"? Is there such a thing as a pure gift? Or does the gift inevitably set off a system of return that reduces the gift to an economic circle? In this timely collection, a distinguished group of anthropologists-Maurice Godelier, George Marcus, Stephen Tyler-and philosophers-Mark C. Taylor, John D. Caputo, Jean-Joseph Goux and Adriaan Peperzak debate an enigma that has disturbed contemporary thinkers from Marcel Mauss to Jacques Derrida.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780823221653
  • Publisher: Fordham University Press
  • Publication date: 1/1/2002
  • Series: Perspectives in Continental Philosophy Series, #23
  • Edition description: 2
  • Pages: 186
  • Product dimensions: 9.10 (w) x 6.20 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author

Edith Wyschogrod is J. Newton Rayzor Professor of Philosophy and Religious Thought emerita at Rice University. The most recent of her books are An Ethics of Remembering: History, Heterology, and the Nameless Others; Saints and Postmodernism: Revisioning Moral Philosophy; and a second edition of Emmanuel Levinas: The Problem of Ethical Metaphysics (Fordham). Jean-Joseph Goux is Lawrence H. Favrot Professor of French Studies at Rice University and author of Frivolit de la valeur: essai sur l'imaginaire du capitalisme and The Coiners of Language. ERIC BOYNTON is Associate Professor of Philosophy and Religious Studies at Allegheny College.

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Table of Contents

Introduction 1
Pt. 1 The Economy of Sacrifice
1 Some Things You Give, Some Things You Sell, but Some Things You Must Keep for Yourselves: What Mauss Did Not Say about Sacred Objects 19
2 The Gift and Globalization: A Prolegomenon to the Anthropological Study of Contemporary Finance Capital and Its Mentalities 38
3 Capitalizing (on) Gifting 50
Pt. 2 Community, Gift, and Sacrifice
4 "Even Steven," or "No Strings Attached" 77
5 Mothering, Co-muni-cation, and the Gifts of Language 91
Pt. 3 The Gift of Philosophical Discourse
6 The Time of Giving, the Time of Forgiving 117
7 Seneca against Derrida: Gift and Alterity 148
8 Giving 161
Contributors 177
Index 179
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