Investigating cultures: A critique of cognitive anthropology

Tanney, Julia (1998) Investigating cultures: A critique of cognitive anthropology. In: 1994 Conference on Context and Interpretation, 1994, University of St Andrews, St Andrews, Scotland. (The full text of this publication is not available from this repository)

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This article considers Sperber's arguments that a more scientific, 'natural', approach to anthropology might be pursued by abstracting from interpretive questions as much as possible, and replacing them with questions amenable to-a cognitive psychological investigation. I attempt to show that Sperber's main argument rests on controversial assumptions about the mental concepts employed within our commonsense psychological practices and that any theoretical psychology that accepts these assumptions will be revisionist concerning mental concepts. Sperber is right to point but that there must be constraints on what should count as appropriate interpretations of cultural phenomena. I argue, however, that in hoping to assimilate anthropological investigations to scientific ones, Sperber misconstrues the nature of anthropological claims.

Item Type: Conference or workshop item (Paper)
Additional information: Proceedings paper.
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > B Philosophy (General)
G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > GN Anthropology
Divisions: Faculties > Humanities > School of European Culture and Languages
Depositing User: Tara Puri
Date Deposited: 04 Jun 2009 09:03
Last Modified: 09 Jun 2014 15:01
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