As Wide as the World Is Wise: Reinventing Philosophical Anthropology by Michael JacksonAs Wide as the World Is Wise: Reinventing Philosophical Anthropology by Michael Jackson

As Wide as the World Is Wise: Reinventing Philosophical Anthropology

byMichael Jackson

Hardcover | September 6, 2016

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Philosophy and anthropology have long debated questions of difference: rationality versus irrationality, abstraction versus concreteness, modern versus premodern. What if these disciplines instead focused on the commonalities of human experience? Would this effort bring philosophers and anthropologists closer together? Would it lead to greater insights across historical and cultural divides?

In As Wide as the World Is Wise, Michael Jackson encourages philosophers and anthropologists to mine the space between localized and globalized perspectives, to resolve empirically the distinctions between the one and the many and between life and specific forms of life. His project balances abstract epistemological practice with immanent reflection, promoting a more situated, embodied, and sensuous approach to the world and its in-between spaces. Drawing on a lifetime of ethnographic fieldwork in West Africa and Aboriginal Australia, Jackson resets the language and logic of academic thought from the standpoint of other lifeworlds. He extends Kant's cosmopolitan ideal to include all human societies, achieving a radical break with elite ideas of the subjective and a more expansive conception of truth.

Michael Jackson is Distinguished Professor of World Religions at Harvard Divinity School. He is the author of the prize-winning Paths Toward a Clearing (1989) and At Home in the World (2000). His most recent books include Between One and One Another (2012); Lifeworlds: Essays in Existential Anthropology (2012); The Other Shore: Essays...
Title:As Wide as the World Is Wise: Reinventing Philosophical AnthropologyFormat:HardcoverDimensions:272 pagesPublished:September 6, 2016Publisher:Columbia University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:023117828X

ISBN - 13:9780231178280

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Table of Contents

AcknowledgmentsIntroduction1. Analogy and Polarity2. Identity and Difference3. Relations and Relata4. Matters of Life and Death5. Ourselves and Others6. Belief and Experience7. Persons and Types8. Being and Thought9. Fate and Freewill10. Center and Periphery11. Ecologies of MindNotesIndex

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