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- DescriptionWritten over a thirty-year span, Michael Lambek's essays in this collection point with definitive force toward a single central truth: ethics is intrinsic to social life. As he shows through rich ethgraphic accounts and multiple theoretical traditions, our human condition is at heart an ethical one-we may t always be good or just, but we are always subject to their criteria. Detailing Lambek's trajectory as one anthropologist thinking deeply throughout a career on the nature of ethical life, the essays accumulate into a vibrant demonstration of the relevance of ethics as a practice and its crucial importance to ethgraphy, social theory, and philosophy. Organized chrologically, the essays begin among Malagasy speakers on the island of Mayotte and in rthwest Madagascar. Building from ethgraphic accounts there, they synthesize Aristotelian tions of practical judgment and virtuous action with Wittgensteinian tions of the ordinariness of ethical life and the importance of language, everyday speech, and ritual in order to understand how ethics are lived. They illustrate the multiple ways in which ethics informs personhood, character, and practice; explore the centrality of judgment, action, and irony to ethical life; and consider the relation of virtue to value. The result is a fully fleshed-out picture of ethics as a deeply rooted aspect of the human experience.
- Author BiographyMichael Lambek is professor of anthropology and a Canada Research Chair at the University of Toronto Scarborough. He is the author of several books, most recently The Weight of the Past, and editor or coeditor of several more, including Ordinary Ethics and A Companion to the Anthropology of Religion.
- Author(s)Michael Lambek
- PublisherThe University of Chicago Press
- Date of Publication30/10/2015
- Place of PublicationChicago, IL
- Country of PublicationUnited States
- ImprintUniversity of Chicago Press
- Weight544 g
- Width152 mm
- Height226 mm
- Spine23 mm
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