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Four Lectures on Ethics : Anthropological Perspectives (Paperback) (Michael Lambek)
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Anthropology has recently seen a lively interest in the subject of ethics and comparative notions of morality and freedom. This Masterclass brings together four among the most eminent contributors to the discussion of ethics and morality within the field—Michael Lambek, Veena Das, Didier Fassin, and Webb Keane. In this multi-authored volume, each author provides a distinct lecture and responses to the other lectures, inviting readers into the conversation and elaborating some of their thoughts on the presence of ethics in social life and current theoerical debate. How do we recognize the ethical in different ethnographic worlds? What constitutes agency and awareness in everyday life? What might an ethnography of ordinary ethics look like? And what happens when ethics confronts the political in both Western and non-Western societies? Contrasting in perspective and method, yet profoundly complementary, this Masterclass will serve as an essential guide for how an anthropology of ethics can be formulated in the twenty first century.