Re: [xmca] Clifford Geertz

From: Mike Cole (
Date: Sun Nov 19 2006 - 16:23:33 PST

I did not get all the way through, Ed. But I found it quite interesting as
far as I got, where the speaker is contrasting the metaphors of "humans
suspended in webs of meaning they have themselves helped to contruct
(paraphhrase) and of the life world (in this case, bureaucratically
organized life worlds, but the metaphor is fungible I believe) as an iron
cage both from Weber. Enablement and constraint, enabling who to do what,
constraining who from doing what? Classic example of where one needs to rise
to the concrete, but a very interesting
juxtaposition for me at the moment.

On 11/19/06, Ed Wall <> wrote:
> I just listened. Fascinating. As far as the respectful goes, I tend
> to think that something like that first involves reading carefully
> the scholar taken up. I was not particularly convinced that this was
> the case.
> However, what made it fascinating were such statements as "science is
> cognitively impartial" and Descartes with his impartial and
> evaluative view from the outside was, in contradistinction to Geertz,
> "on the right track."
> Ed Wall
> >I haven't yet listened to this, but thought others might be interested.
> >
> >Phil
> >
> >
> >
> >Interpreting culture
> >
> >The distinguished American anthropologist Clifford Geertz died last
> >month. This week, we take a respectful but sceptical look at his
> >work, its origins in philosophy and its consequences for
> >philosophy._______________________________________________
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