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World. An anthropological examination (part 2)

Pina-Cabral, Joao (2014) World. An anthropological examination (part 2). Journal of Ethnographic Theory, 4 (3). pp. 149-184. E-ISSN 2049-1115. (doi:10.14318/hau4.3.012)

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Abstract

This paper is the second of a two-part essay that aims to examine anthropologically the category “world.” The first part argued in favor of a single-world approach and for the unavoidable centrality of personhood in the human condition. In this second part of the essay, I address the metaphysical implications of the category “world” and relate them to the process of “worlding,” thus defending the continued heuristic value of the old anthropological category of worldview. I suggest that a consideration of the Ontological Proof of God’s existence, developed by St. Anselm of Canterbury in the late eleventh century, helps us develop a comparative theory of personhood by showing how the experience of transcendence is inherent in personal ontogenesis.

Item Type: Article
DOI/Identification number: 10.14318/hau4.3.012
Uncontrolled keywords: person, animism, self, ontological proof, world, transcendence, participation
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > B Philosophy (General)
G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > GN Anthropology
H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
Divisions: Faculties > Social Sciences > School of Anthropology and Conservation
Faculties > Social Sciences > School of Anthropology and Conservation > Social and Cultural Anthropology
Depositing User: Joao Pina-Cabral
Date Deposited: 09 Sep 2015 15:28 UTC
Last Modified: 29 May 2019 16:00 UTC
Resource URI: https://kar.kent.ac.uk/id/eprint/50446 (The current URI for this page, for reference purposes)
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