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The Mythology In Our Language

Author : Ludwig Wittgenstein
ISBN : 0990505065
Genre : Religion
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Once upon a time, anthropology had something to offer philosophy. It was a time when Continential thinkers drew on anthropology's theoretical terms--mana, taboo, potlatch--in order to reflect on the limits of human belief and imagination. Among these philosophic dialogues with anthropology, we find Ludwig Wittgenstein's Remarks on Sir James Frazer's magnum opus, "The Golden Bough." Now, Hau Books brings you the first translation by an anthropology--Stephan Palmie--of this masterpiece. Wittgenstein's remarks on ritual, magic, religion, belief, ceremony, and Frazer's own logical presuppositions are as lucid and thought-provoking now as they were over half-a-century ago. Anthropologists find themselves repeating many of Wittgenstein's same questions and confronting similar doubts today: Is metaphysics a kind of magic? What do we call "ritual"? Are humans simply "ceremonial animals"? This book is not only a fresh translation, but a fresh set of engagements with Wittgenstein's ideas from some of the world's most brilliant anthropologists. Contributors include: David Graeber, Veena Das, Michael Lambek, Heonik Kwon, Carlo Severi, Michael Taussig, Wendy James, Giovanni da Col, and Michael Puett. Here is a unique and well-overdue discussion of the mythologies in our language. Taking interdisciplinarity seriously, this volume returns to the ethnographic imagination that made great thinkers like Sigmund Freud, Jean-Paul Sartre, and indeed Ludwig Wittgenstein take heed--and returns the favor to the philosophical tradition that found wonder and pause for thought in the anthropological canon.
Category: Religion

Wittgenstein S Remarks On Frazer

Author : Lars Albinus
ISBN : 9783110455069
Genre : Philosophy
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The present volume centers on Wittgenstein’s remarks on Frazer’s famous book on magic and religion, The Golden Bough. Uniting prominent scholars of philosophy and the study of religion, this volume offers thorough philological analyses of Wittgenstein’s manuscripts, their historical and philosophical context, and their import on Wittgenstein’s philosophical development.
Category: Philosophy

Language And Action

Author : Danilo Marcondes de Souza Filho
ISBN : 9789027279644
Genre : Language Arts & Disciplines
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This work consists of an examination and revision of some of the main theses of Speech Act Theory in relation to the problem of ideology and action-guiding language. Starting from the idea that linguistic philosophy must take into account how the social structure of the linguistic community may influence and direct the way its language is used, a critical method of analysis is proposed, developing Speech Act Theory in a way suitable for this purpose. The main guideline of this proposal is the consideration that a theory of action rather than a theory of meaning should be taken as central in the analysis of language. The notion of illocutionary force, the problem of intentions and conventions in the constitution of speech acts, the definition of context, and the classification of speech acts, are then discussed. Based on the conclusions of this discussion a pragmatic method for the analysis of language is formulated.
Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Rush Rhees On Religion And Philosophy

Author : Rush Rhees
ISBN : 0521564107
Genre : Religion
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Rush Rhees (1905-1989) was a philosopher, and a pupil and close friend of Wittgenstein. While some of Rhees' own published papers became classics, most of his work remained unpublished during his lifetime. This collection of unpublished papers, edited by D. Z. Phillips after Rhees' death, includes Rhees' outstanding work on philosophy and religion. His ability to interweave the personal and philosophical, and his integrity and intellectual honesty, makes this one of the most impressive books in twentieth century philosophy of religion.
Category: Religion

Anthropology As Ethics

Author : T. M. S. Evens
ISBN : 1845456297
Genre : Philosophy
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Anthropology as Ethics is concerned with rethinking anthropology by rethinking the nature of reality. It develops the ontological implications of a defining thesis of the Manchester School: that all social orders exhibit basically conflicting underlying principles. Drawing especially on Continental social thought, including Wittgenstein, Merleau-Ponty, Levinas, Dumont, Bourdieu and others, and on pre-modern sources such as the Hebrew bible, the Nuer, the Dinka, and the Azande, the book mounts a radical study of the ontology of self and other in relation to dualism and nondualism. It demonstrates how the self-other dichotomy disguises fundamental ambiguity or nondualism, thus obscuring the essentially ethical, dilemmatic, and sacrificial nature of all social life. It also proposes a reason other than dualist, nihilist, and instrumental, one in which logic is seen as both inimical to and continuous with value. Without embracing absolutism, the book makes ambiguity and paradox the foundation of an ethical response to the pervasive anti-foundationalism of much postmodern thought.
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Modernism And Magic

Author : Leigh Wilson
ISBN : 9780748672332
Genre : Body, Mind & Spirit
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Explores the interplay between modernist experiment and occult discourses in the early twentieth century
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Architectural Reflections

Author : Colin St. John Wilson
ISBN : 0719057043
Genre : Architecture
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"The book is divided into four parts: five essays explore the philosophical and ethical basis of architecture; five further studies explore what the author defines as 'the other tradition of modernism' which looks at the work of Aalto, Scharoun, Lewerentz, Asplund and Rietveld; the third section sees Wilson set this 'other tradition' against the rise and decline of postmodernism; and the final piece is a case study of Waterhouse's Law Courts, the most complex and brilliantly planned of all urban projects."--BOOK JACKET.
Category: Architecture

The Golden Bough A Study In Magic And R

Author : J. G. Frazer
ISBN : 9781846644818
Genre : Social Science
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Originally published in 1913. Author: J.G.Frazer, D.C.L., Ll.D., Litt.D. Language: English Keywords: Religion / Magic / Folklore / Mythology Many of the earliest books, particularly those dating back to the 1900s and before, are now extremely scarce and increasingly expensive. Obscure Press are republishing these classic works in affordable, high quality, modern editions, using the original text and artwor
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Muhammad And The Golden Bough

Author : Jaroslav Stetkevych
ISBN : 0253214130
Genre : Religion
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Through its development of a methodology for analysing the mythic and folkloric traditions of pre-Islamic Arabia and the process of their incorporation into Islamic myth and Qur'anic texts,Muhammad and the Golden Boughoffers compelling insights for students of Islam, comparative religion, and cultural anthropology. By linking Arabic myth with a broad range of ancient and classical texts--including Gilgamesh, Homer, and the Hebrew Bible--the book makes a provocative contribution to Biblical and ancient Near Eastern studies, classics, and comparative literature. The richness of myth in Arab-Islamic culture has long been ignored or even denied. InMuhammad and the Golden BoughJaroslav Stetkevych demonstrates the existence of a coherent pre-Islamic Arabian myth that was subsequently incorporated into Islamic poetic tradition. The study dissects the intriguing Arab-Islamic myth built around Muhammad's unearthing of a "golden bough" from the grave of the last survivor of an ancient Arab people, the Thamud, who, according to the myth, were destroyed by a divine scourge for their iniquity. Stetkevych draws together the lore of pre-Islamic Arabia, the Qu'ran, and the Biography of the Prophet. Once reconstructed and deconstructed, the Arabian myth then serves as the basis for a comparative study that links Arabic mythic traditions with Gilgamesh, Homer, and the Hebrew Bible.
Category: Religion