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Tradition as Truth and Communication A Cognitive Description of Traditional Discourse

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ISBN-10: 0521024668

ISBN-13: 9780521024662

Edition: 2006

Authors: Pascal Boyer, Meyer Fortes, Edmund Leach, Jack Goody, Stanley Tambiah

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Tradition is a central concept in the social sciences, but it is commonly treated as unproblematic. Dr. Boyer insists that social anthropology requires a theory of tradition, its constitution and transmission. He treats tradition "as a type of interaction which results in the repetition of certain communicative events," and therefore as a form of social action. Tradition as Truth and Communication deals particularly with oral communication and focuses on the privileged role of licensed speakers and the ritual contexts in which certain aspects of tradition are characteristically transmitted. Drawing on cognitive psychology, Dr. Boyer proposes a set of general hypotheses to be tested by ethnographic field research. He has opened up an important new field for investigation within social anthropology.
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List price: $47.99
Copyright year: 2006
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publication date: 3/16/2006
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 156
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.00" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 0.550
Language: English

Educated at Columbia and Princeton universities, Robert Nozick is Arthur Kingsley Porter Professor of Philosophy at Harvard University. He rose to eminence in the last quarter of the twentieth century as a creative philosopher who has expressed philosophical truths beyond the reach of analytic argumentation. Honed in the technical intricacies of analytic philosophy, he has nonetheless restored meditation to its proper place in the philosophical canon. Nozick's first book, Anarchy, State and Utopia (initially published in 1974), won the National Book Award in 1975 and became the fundamental text of the Libertarian movement. Nozick's second book, Philosophical Explanations, was given the Ralph Waldo Emerson Award of Phi Beta Kappa in 1982. It covers a wide range of basic philosophical topics: the question why there is something rather than nothing, the identity of the self, knowledge and skepticism, free will, the foundation of ethnics, and the meaning of life. Nozick abandons philosophical proof or argumentation as too coercive and opts instead for methods of explanation that promote understanding. This approach has culminated in his third book, The Examined Life.

Preface
Acknowledgements
Conserved world-views or salient memories?
How to think with +empty+ notions
Criteria of truth
Customised speech (I): truth without intentions
Customised speech (II): truth without meaning
Customised persons: initiation, competence and position
Conclusion and programme
Notes
Bibliography
Index