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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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Belief and Experience

Belief and Experience

(p.120) 6. Belief and Experience
As Wide as the World Is Wise

Michael Jackson

Columbia University Press

This theme is taken further in chapter six, which explores the conditions under which certain beliefs and behaviors seem so incommensurable and inexplicable that we are led to conclude that those who hold these beliefs or exhibit these behaviors are alien to us, even scarcely human. While philosophers have occasionally wrestled with the question as to whether beliefs and practices are intrinsically rational or magical, moral or immoral, ethnographers have sought to explicate the social and practical functions of worldviews. But is it possible to go beyond relativism and claim that there are epistemological, logical, psychological or ethical criteria that hold true in all human societies and at every period of human history?

Keywords:   Philosophy, Anthropology, Philosophical anthropology, subjectivity

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