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My mother or father: person, metaperson, and transcendence in ethnographic theory

João, Pina-Cabral (2019) My mother or father: person, metaperson, and transcendence in ethnographic theory. Journal of the Royal Anthropological Institute, 25 (2). pp. 303-323. ISSN 1359-0987. (doi:10.1111/1467-9655.13027) (Access to this publication is currently restricted. You may be able to access a copy if URLs are provided)

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Abstract

How do humans, who are materially composed biological constructs, come to transcend, that is, to see themselves as present in the world? This paper sustains that, in order to understand transcendence in personhood, we have to see the latter as a product of dividual not individual participation, as initially proposed by Lévy-Bruhl and recently developed by a number of phenomenologically inspired cognitive scientists. Personal ontogeny is what explains the relation between essence and existence in the case of metapersons (ghosts, deities, ancestors, some animals, etc.). In order to explore this problem, I discuss a minor occurrence that took place in my presence without my noticing it at the time when I was visiting an Afro-Brazilian temple compound in coastal Bahia (NE Brazil) in July 2011.

Item Type: Article
DOI/Identification number: 10.1111/1467-9655.13027
Subjects: G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > GN Anthropology
H Social Sciences > HQ The family. Marriage. Woman
Divisions: Faculties > Social Sciences > School of Anthropology and Conservation > Social and Cultural Anthropology
Depositing User: Joao Pina-Cabral
Date Deposited: 13 Jun 2018 08:37 UTC
Last Modified: 19 Jul 2019 08:52 UTC
Resource URI: https://kar.kent.ac.uk/id/eprint/67282 (The current URI for this page, for reference purposes)
João, Pina-Cabral: https://orcid.org/0000-0003-0472-0446
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