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David Graeber is the author of Possibilities (2007) and The Mythology in Our Language (2017).

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Possibilities

release date: Jan 01, 2007
Possibilities
An anthropologist investigates the revolution of everyday life.

The Mythology in Our Language

The Mythology in Our Language
In 1931 Ludwig Wittgenstein wrote his famous Remarks on Frazer''s "Golden Bough.". At that time, anthropology and philosophy were in close contact--continental thinkers drew heavily on anthropology''s theoretical terms, like mana, taboo, and potlatch, in order to help them explore the limits of human belief and imagination. Now the book receives its first translation by an anthropologist, in the hope that it can kick-start a new era of interdisciplinary fertilization. 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 in Wittgenstein''s day. Anthropologists find themselves asking many of the same questions as Wittgenstein--and in a reflection of that, this volume is fleshed out with a series of engagements from some of the world''s leading anthropologists, including Veena Das, David Graeber, Wendy James, Heonik Kwon, Michael Lambek, Michael Puett, and Carlo Severi.


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