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1 McHugh’s Book I. The Ethnographer’s Story -- learning II. Moral Selves and the World of Embodied Beings (Chapters 3 & 4) -- Personhood -- Morality, honor, generosity -- Beyond the human, the supernatural
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2 And More McHugh… III. Belonging and Relationship -- Kinship (Chapter 5) -- On belonging & family -- Shaping obligation through relation -- Marriage I. Living on the margins -- misfits (Chapter 6) -- On thin connections -- On tragedy in life -- On not being connected at all
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3 So where are we with McHugh’s Book? A sense that the cultural idea of a person is central to that culture’s morality. -- Gurung soul & heart-mind implies a close relation to others for health -- obligations to others flow from this -- a social world motivated by generosity and exchange -- giving, generosity, is linked to honor & strength is linked to the enlargement of the heart-mind which in turn protects the person from the risks of social life
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4 Does the idea of a person really tie to moral action in all societies though? Consider these examples: -- The death penalty debate -- The abortion debate Thomas Aquinas’s views in contrast with orthodoxy today (as an example) -- Debates on “just war” and pacifism
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5 Is this a story of pure altruism?: Gurung Love & Practicality “In the West, we tend to think of motives as clear and singular even though we know their tangled complexity. ‘Why did she do that?’ we will ask, as though there were a single answer, a note rather than a chord determining behavior.
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6 Generosity’ Motives: Avoiding Reductionism “‘A person should be nice to everyone,”
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This note was uploaded on 04/04/2008 for the course ANTHRO 101 taught by Professor Peters during the Winter '08 term at University of Michigan.

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