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Living with Concepts: Anthropology in the Grip of Reality

Andrew Brandel and Marco Motta


This collection brings together leading anthropologists and philosophers working in a wide range of contexts in order to rethink an oft taken for granted concept—the concept of the concept itself. How do we picture what concepts are, what they do, how they arise in the course of everyday life? Challenging conventional approaches that treat concepts as mere tools at our disposal for analysis, or as straightforwardly equivalent to signs to be deciphered, the twelve contributors to Living with Concepts instead looks at the ways in which concepts are already intrinsically embedded in our forms of ... More

Keywords: anthropology, epistemology, ethics, philosophy, realism

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2021 Print ISBN-13: 9780823294268
Published to Fordham Scholarship Online: January 2022 DOI:10.5422/fordham/9780823294268.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Andrew Brandel, editor
Harvard University

Marco Motta, editor
University of Bern

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Front Matter

Life with Concepts

Andrew Brandel and Marco Motta

2 How Life Makes a Conversation of Us

Rasmus Dyring and Thomas Schwarz Wentzer

4 The Potencie of Text

Andrew Brandel

6 Living with Zombies

Marco Motta

7 Creating Worlds

Michael J. Puett

8 The Life Course of Concepts

Michael D. Jackson

9 On Sorcery

Michael Lambek

11 In the Know

Lotte Buch Segal