Other Intentions: Cultural Contexts and the Attribution of Inner States

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The authors argue that although intentionality might appear to be a wholly abstract phenomenon, it is deeply entwined with the nature and distribution of power, the portrayal of events, the assessment of personhood, the interplay of trust and deception, and the assessment of moral and legal responsibility.
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Overview

The authors argue that although intentionality might appear to be a wholly abstract phenomenon, it is deeply entwined with the nature and distribution of power, the portrayal of events, the assessment of personhood, the interplay of trust and deception, and the assessment of moral and legal responsibility.
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Alessandro Duranti
"An impressive collection of original and stimulating articles. (It) will be appreciated by a wide range of scholars who will find new and compelling reasons to adopt an anthropological perspective on the issue of 'other minds'." - University of California-Los Angeles
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780933452886
  • Publisher: School for Advanced Research Press
  • Publication date: 5/1/1995
  • Series: Advanced Seminar Series
  • Pages: 264
  • Product dimensions: 6.31 (w) x 9.29 (h) x 0.98 (d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
1 Introduction: The Cultural Analysis of Others' Inner States 3
2 Act and Intention in Sherpa Culture and Society 15
3 Each Mind Is a World: Dilemmas of Feeling and Intention in a Kaqchikel Maya Community 47
4 Disembodied Choice 69
5 "And the Flag Was Still There": Image, Intentionality, and the Semiotics of Flag Burning 93
6 Intention and Responsibility: The Attenuation of Evil, the Unfairness of Justice 119
7 Intentionality, Race, and Evolutionism in Photographs of "Non-Westerners" 143
8 Hazarding Intent: Why Sogo Left Hweabi 163
9 Have the Arabs Changed Their Mind?: Intentionality and the Discernment of Cultural Change 177
10 Understanding Others 203
References 225
Index 243
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