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Toward an Anthropology of the Will

Keith M. Murphy and C. Jason Throop


This is the first book that systematically explores volition from an ethnographically informed anthropological point of view. While philosophers have for centuries puzzled over the degree to which individuals are “free” to choose how to act in the world, anthropologists have either assumed that the will is a stable, constant fact of the human condition or simply ignored it. Although they are usually quite comfortable discussing the relationship between culture and cognition or culture and emotion, anthropologists have not yet focused on how culture and volition are interconnected. The contribu ... More

Keywords: volition, willing, anthropologists, emotion, cognition, imagination, morality, virtue, social action, will

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2010 Print ISBN-13: 9780804768870
Published to Stanford Scholarship Online: June 2013 DOI:10.11126/stanford/9780804768870.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Keith M. Murphy, editor

C. Jason Throop, editor

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