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The Relational Self

Anna L. Peterson

in Being Human

Published by University of California Press

Published in print May 2001 | ISBN: 9780520226548
Published online May 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520926059 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1525/california/9780520226548.003.0006
The Relational Self

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This chapter examines how the two important Asian traditions of Buddhism and Taoism have envisioned humanity's place in the world and relations to nature and other animals. It explores a number of conceptual and practical problems raised by Western efforts to borrow or appropriate Asian philosophies of nature. It highlights Asian tendencies to define the self in terms of relationships and interdependencies, in contrast to the separate and autonomous anthropologies of most Western approaches.

Keywords: Buddhism; Taoism; humanity; philosophies of nature; autonomous anthropologies; Western approaches

Chapter.  9367 words. 

Subjects: Theory and Practice of Anthropology

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