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As Wide as the World Is WiseReinventing Philosophical Anthropology$
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Michael Jackson

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780231178280

Published to Columbia Scholarship Online: January 2017

DOI: 10.7312/columbia/9780231178280.001.0001

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Relations and Relata

Relations and Relata

(p.63) 3. Relations and Relata
As Wide as the World Is Wise

Michael Jackson

Columbia University Press

Chapter three explores the recurring problem in both philosophy and anthropology of doing justice to what William James called the “unsharable feeling which each of us has of the pinch of his individual destiny as he privately feels it rolling out on fortune’s wheel.” Is it possible to bracket out such a priori, abstract and transpersonal terms as ‘the social’ ‘the cultural’, or ‘the customary’, and avoid what A. N. Whitehead called the fallacy of misplaced concreteness – treating such analytical constructs as though they were lived realities, and, as a corollary, treating lived realities as though they were a veil camouflaging unconscious forces that required scientific expertise or intellectual genius to uncover and arcane coinages to describe?

Keywords:   Philosophy, Anthropology, Philosophical anthropology, Local, Global, subjectivity

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