Convention, Translation, and Understanding: Philosophical Problems in the Comparative Study of Culture (Suny Series in Logic and Language)

Convention, Translation, and Understanding: Philosophical Problems in the Comparative Study of Culture (Suny Series in Logic and Language) by Robert Feleppa

Title: Convention, Translation, and Understanding: Philosophical Problems in the Comparative Study of Culture (Suny Series in Logic and Language)
Author: Robert Feleppa
ISBN10: 0887066739
ISBN13: 978-0887066733
Publisher: State University of New York Press (July 8, 1988)
Language: English
Subcategory: World
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Pages: 317 pages
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Convention, Translation, and Understanding: Philosophical Problems in the Comparative Study of Culture (Suny Series in Logic and Language) by Robert Feleppa


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This book surveys several theoretical controversies in anthropology that revolve around reconciling the objective description of culture with the influence of inquirer interests and conceptions. It relates them to discussions by followers of W.V. Quine who see the problems of anthropological inquiry as indicative of conceptual problems in the basic assumptions operative in the discipline, and in the study of language in general. Feleppa offers a revised view of the nature and function of translation in anthropology that gives a plausible account of the problems that traditional semantics introduces into anthropology, while avoiding the severe methodological import Quine envisions.