Cultural%20theories%20of%20intentionality

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Click to edit Master subtitle style 5/23/11 Cultural theories of intentionality Adrienne Lo Anth 270/271
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5/23/11 An American theory of intentionality “I’m sorry, I didn’t mean it” as a perfectly good apology Different punishments depending on whether a killing is deliberately planned or accidental Gaffe: I said it, but didn’t really mean it Words that come from the “head”,
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5/23/11 Intentionality in the US There is a difference between what people “do” and what they “mean” What they “mean”/”intend” is what matters l Split between mind/action Interaction= figuring out what people really “mean” (e.g. reading other
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5/23/11 Intentionality as culturally specific Samoa: people are held responsible for the consequences of an action,
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Unformatted text preview: not for what they intended (Duranti, Ochs) E.g. orator was blamed for reporting a promise made by someone else that was not honored People do not say Im sorry, I didnt mean it. Nor do they try to read 5/23/11 5/23/11 Ilongot Less concerned with sincerity, integrity (intention) Different idea of the promise Not based on personal intention, but supernatural law Focus on the suffering caused by deeds, not on the intent or the broken promise (ethnographer + murder) 5/23/11 discussion Do we have rules for figuring out whose intentionality matters? Is it the speaker or the listener who gets to decide what something means? What happens when these conflict (e.g. the Chief)?...
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This note was uploaded on 05/23/2011 for the course ANTH 270 taught by Professor Staff during the Spring '08 term at University of Illinois, Urbana Champaign.

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