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Objects in Mirror Are Closer Than They Appear

Michael Jackson

in Between One and One Another

Published by University of California Press

Published in print January 2012 | ISBN: 9780520272330
Published online September 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520951914 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1525/california/9780520272330.003.0009
Objects in Mirror Are Closer Than They Appear

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This chapter begins with the author's thoughts about anthropologist Galina Lindquist. He discusses how some writers are persuading us to move away from constituting the other as an object of knowledge and, as a corollary, from constituting ourselves as possessing superior skills for acquiring knowledge of others. This means placing both oneself and the other on the same existential footing, and seeing all worldviews not as theories of knowledge about the world, but as existential means of achieving viable ways of living in and with the world. The author addresses the question of how we might evaluate radically different worldviews without invoking the pejorative dichotomies of premodern versus modern, religious versus scientific, and mythic versus real.

Keywords: Galina Lindquist; anthropologists; knowledge; worldviews

Chapter.  6474 words. 

Subjects: Anthropology of Religion

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