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Reflecting on Reflexivity: The Human Condition as an Ontological Surprise

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Reflecting on Reflexivity

The Human Condition as an Ontological Surprise

Edited by T. M. S. Evens, Don Handelman and Christopher Roberts

324 pages, bibliog., index

ISBN  978-1-78238-751-0 $135.00/£99.00 Hb Published (March 2016)

ISBN  978-1-78920-092-8 $34.95/£27.95 Pb Published (September 2018)

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Humanness supposes innate and profound reflexivity. This volume approaches the concept of reflexivity on two different yet related analytical planes. Whether implicitly or explicitly, both planes of thought bear critically on reflexivity in relation to the nature of selfhood and the very idea of the autonomous individual, ethics, and humanness, science as such and social science, ontological dualism and fundamental ambiguity. On the one plane, a collection of original and innovative ethnographically based essays is offered, each of which is devoted to ways in which reflexivity plays a fundamental role in human social life and the study of it; on the other—anthropo-philosophical and developed in the volume’s Preface, Introduction, and Postscript—it is argued that reflexivity distinguishes—definitively, albeit relatively—the being and becoming of the human.

T. M. S. (Terry) Evens is Professor Emeritus of Anthropology at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill.

Don Handelman is Sarah Allen Shaine Professor Emeritus of Anthropology at the Hebrew University and a member of the Israel Academy of Sciences and Humanities.

Christopher Roberts is Professor of Humanities and Religion at Lewis and Clark College.

Subject: Theory and Methodology


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