By Stephen P. Reyna
Have you questioned how the inner house of our mind connects with the exterior house of society? Drawing on hermeneutics and neuroscience Stephen Reyna develops an anthropological idea that explains the connection among the organic and the cultural.Recent well known curiosity within the mind is obvious, and now social anthropologists are beginning to think about connections among technology and anthropology. Reyna is an anthropologist ready to take on mammoth and tough questions. This accessibly written e-book will reason relatively a stir in anthropology, and may attract these attracted to the mysteries of the mind.
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I h ave two concerns: (1) the C omaroffs de-emphasize observations that need conceptualization; and (2) they emphasize concepts whose empirical significance h as not been establish ed. C onsider, for example, the case of violent force. They acknowledge the significance of violence when they say they do not 'deny the coercive, violent bases of class antagonism and racial inequality here (in southern Africa)' (1991 : 4) . However, though they do not deny the actuality of violent force, they do downplay it.
2) . : 3) . This is a sociocultural ontology of evanescent 'confusion' in which reality is 'twisting', 'turning', 'accidental', 'particular', and 'unique'. An appropriate question to pose at this juncture is, what reasons does G eertz advance to justify this position ? The answer to the question is that in A TF being is as G eertz says it is, take it or leave it. : 117)? Everywhere, at all times and in all places social 'understanding ... entails not an advance'. C onjectural hermeneutics h as been enormously influential.
This is in effect saying what something is caused by and what, in turn, it causes, but nothing about the it that is both caused and causes. In my reading of Bourdieu I am unable to discover what it is that is habitus . N ow there is nothing apparently wrong with Bourdieu's concept of habitus. So it is not a gaffe. But we really know very little about it. So we need further observations to know more fully to what it corresponds in reality. In agnoiological terms, habitus is a void. In Ryle's terms, Bourdieu's pearl of subjectivity is ghostly.
Connections: Mind, Brain and Culture in Social Anthropology by Stephen P. Reyna