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A Humanist Science$
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Philip Selznick

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9780804758628

Published to Stanford Scholarship Online: June 2013

DOI: 10.11126/stanford/9780804758628.001.0001

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The Quality of Culture

The Quality of Culture

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(p.93) 8 The Quality of Culture
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A Humanist Science
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Stanford University Press
DOI:10.11126/stanford/9780804758628.003.0008

This chapter notes that cultural anthropology is value-centered and shares major preoccupations with the humanities. A chief objective is to identify and analyze distinctive ways of life, manifested in diverse understandings of kinship, religion, authority, and selfhood. These findings have an explicit moral lesson: every culture deserves respect as an expression of human need and creativity. The chapter examines humanism and anthropology, the values of culture, expressive symbolism, the quality of experience, culture and civilization, and radical and responsible relativism.

Keywords:   social science, cultural anthropology, humanism, relativism

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