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Anthropology and the study of contradictions

David Berliner, Michael Lambek, Richard Shweder, Richard Irvine, Albert Piette

Abstract


Contradictions constitute one fundamental aspect of human life. Humans are steeped in contradictory thoughts, feelings, and attitudes. In this debate, five anthropologists adopt an individual-centered and phenomenological perspective on contradictions. How can one live with them? How to describe them from an anthropological point of view? Should we rethink our dear notion of the “social agent” through that of contradiction?

 


Keywords


contradictions, anthropological theory, experience, reflexivity, cognitive dissonance

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DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.14318/hau6.1.002