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The Possibility of Anthropological Fideism : An Essay on Symbol, Interpretation and Enigmas in Cross-cultural Inquiries - D. Z. Zhong

The Possibility of Anthropological Fideism

An Essay on Symbol, Interpretation and Enigmas in Cross-cultural Inquiries

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In this book, D. Z. Zhong establishes a methodological principle for cross-cultural research, called anthropological fideism. While anthropologists take for granted that natives don't really believe the unintelligible or inexplicable things they say, and what they say should express a deeper social meaning, Zhong contends that if we have a translation manual that can interpret a foreign language, and if natives are asserting honestly, then what natives say still express natives' belief, no matter how absurd it seems. His anthropological fideism entails that in fact we can, and indeed we should, happily live with others' differences while taking them literal.

Prefacep. ix
Acknowledgementp. xiii
The Abuse of Anti-Fidelity and its Use for Anthropologyp. 1
Consciousness of Inquiryp. 1
Wasn't Captain Cook Lono God to Hawaiians?p. 3
Divine Manifestation of God and Godp. 11
Symbolic Death and the Limit of Interpretationp. 12
Weren't Tully River Blacks "Ignorant" of Males' Contribution to Pregnancy?p. 15
Does Ndembu Ritual Symbol Have the Meaning beyond Natives' Exegesis?p. 22
Non-Exegetical Meaning and Historical Indeterminacyp. 27
In What Sense We Shouldn't Take Culture as Text: Balinese Cockfight and the Limit of Interpretationp. 33
Farewell, Symbolic Interpretation!p. 41
Consciousness of Inquiryp. 41
Reading Durkheim Literallyp. 44
Confusing the Epistemological with the Theoreticalp. 47
In What Sense Non-Social Thoughts Don't Express Social Reality?p. 53
The Dogma of Representationalismp. 57
Types of Symbolic Studies Reviewedp. 65
Evans-Pritchard and the Problem of One and Manyp. 69
Introducing the Problemp. 69
The Paradox in the Relation between a Mode of God and Godp. 71
An Analogy Based on Folk Ontologyp. 73
Critique on Horton's Analogy with Scientific Explanationp. 76
Interpretation in Nuer Religionp. 79
Explanations in Nuer Religionp. 82
Western Prejudices in Nuer Religionp. 84
Anthropological-Fidelistic Explanation and Folk Ontologyp. 89
Anthropological-Fidelistic Beginning of Magicp. 101
Consciousness of Inquiryp. 101
Theories of Magic: Frazer/ Levi-Bruhl versus Malinowski/ Wittgensteinp. 102
Three Comments on Functionalismp. 104
A Thought Experiment of Magicp. 110
Anthropological-Fidelistic Explanation of Magicp. 117
The Problem of Positive Magicp. 120
The Refutation of Expressive Symbolism View on Positive Magicp. 122
Frazerian and Malinowskian Objections on the Problem of Positive Magicp. 124
Reasons for Abnegating Magical Beliefsp. 127
Summaryp. 129
Fundamental Problems about Anthropological Fideismp. 133
The Logic of Anthropological Fideismp. 133
Exotic Beliefs or Metaphors?p. 141
Comparison and Pragmatic Theory of Metaphorp. 145
Ten Theses of the Prototype Theory of Metaphorp. 150
Davidson's Principle of Charity as the Method of Radical Interpretationp. 164
Henderson's Principle of Explicability as the Method of Radical Interpretationp. 172
The Common Denominator of the Principle of Explicability and the Principle of Humanityp. 175
Refreshing the Arguments of Charity and Massive Errors: An "Anti-Realist" Accountp. 178
The Limit of Charity in Light of the Impossibility of Interpreting Massive Errorsp. 185
A Minimal Intentionalist Account of Meaningp. 189
One Way To Take Functionalism Seriously: The Foundation of Inquiry into Societyp. 193
The Magical Power of Wordsp. 197
Anthropological-Fidelistic Explanation of Spellp. 201
Bibliographyp. 207
About the Authorp. 217
Indexp. 219
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ISBN: 9780761827443
ISBN-10: 0761827447
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 242
Published: 30th December 2003
Publisher: University Press of America
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 21.6 x 11.7  x 1.8
Weight (kg): 0.31