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Toward an Anthropology of the Will$
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Keith M. Murphy and C. Jason Throop

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780804768870

Published to Stanford Scholarship Online: June 2013

DOI: 10.11126/stanford/9780804768870.001.0001

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How Can Will be Expressed and What Role Does the Imagination Play?

How Can Will be Expressed and What Role Does the Imagination Play?

(p.140) Chapter 7How Can Will be Expressed and What Role Does the Imagination Play?
Toward an Anthropology of the Will

Pamela J. Stewart

Andrew Strathern

Stanford University Press

This chapter gives an elaboration of the will and addresses the question of whether there is an entity called “free will” or not. It looks at various cases that are seen from the perspectives of cultural anthropology. This chapter uses a literary example that takes a look at the significant consequences of using free will and shows how the cosmological dimension implicates the will of the spirits, in relation to the willed actions of people.

Keywords:   will, free will, cultural anthropology, literary examples, consequences, cosmological dimension, willed actions

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