Lecture23.0314 - From an earlier lecture And the questions I ask"The ordinary person does not unless corrupted by philosophy believe that he

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1 From an earlier lecture… And the questions I ask: “The  o rdina ry pe rs o n do e s  no t,  unle s s  c o rrupte d by philo s o phy,  be lie ve  tha t he  c re a te s  value  b y his   c ho ic e s .  He  thinks  that s o m e   thing s  re ally are  b e tte r than o the rs   and tha t he  is  c a pa b le  o f g e tting  it  wro ng .  We  are  us ually no t in do ub t  ab o ut the  dire c tio n in whic h G o o d  lie s .” Iris  Murdo c h, The Sovereignty of the  Good
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2 Being a Person… Some things to look for in Ernestine  McHugh’s book: nature of the person nature of the social (the ethic of exchange) Look for how these two things permeate  different domains of culture and social life: religion a person’s life
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3 Meaningful “Honor is passed through blood and  bone.  It is physical, inherited, essential,  yet it must be enacted to be socially real,  through gifts and hospitality, through  power and ownership.  It is inherited,  yet must be cultivated.  It is essential,  yet can be lost.”
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4 The Social: “There, the proper place for bodies is together…  in the midst of people” “‘Don’t you ever want to be alone?’ I  asked Tson. “‘I sometimes am alone,’ she replied,  ‘Like if I am cooking and everyone else  is out in the fields.  If that happens, I  don’t mind.  But I don’t seek to be  alone.  I don’t understand why anyone  would want to be alone.’”
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5 plah) Beliefs that knit the person and the  world together Leela: “I am strong because I do not  worry. . . .  To worry makes your heart- mind small.”
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6 The heart-mind (sae) :  located in the center of the chest :  the seat of feeling, memory, and of consciousness :  not a philosophical concept, but a day to day reality fainting: heart-mind went into forgetfulness forgetting:   looking for a memory and finds that it is  not in the heart-mind aggrieved: the heart-mind hurts joyful:   happiness in the heart-mind
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7 The heart-mind as a way to evaluate a person: large heart-mind:    responsive to others and generous confident, optimistic, strong small heart-mind:   self-absorbed and stingy weak, sad worries ‘eat the heart-mind’ anger comes easily strength dissipates attract accidents and misfortune falls prey to malevolent forces; falls ill
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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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Lecture23.0314 - From an earlier lecture And the questions I ask"The ordinary person does not unless corrupted by philosophy believe that he

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