Exploring the Boundaries between History and Anthropology
Author: Eric Tagliacozzo
Publisher: Stanford University Press
Category: Social Science
The intersection between history and anthropology is more varied now than it has ever been—a look at the shelves of bookstores and libraries proves this. Historians have increasingly looked to the methodologies of anthropologists to explain inequalities of power, problems of voicelessness, and conceptions of social change from an inside perspective. And ethnologists have increasingly relied on longitudinal visions of their subjects, inquiries framed by the lens of history rather than purely structuralist, culturalist, or functionalist visions of behavior. The contributors have dealt with the problems and possibilities of the blurring of these boundaries in different and exciting ways. They provide further fodder for a cross-disciplinary experiment that is already well under way, describing peoples and their cultures in a world where boundaries are evermore fluid but where we all are alarmingly attached to the cataloguing and marking of national, ethnic, racial, and religious differences.
An Exegetico-theological Study of the Text in the Light of the Use of the Term Anthrōpos Designating Jesus in the Fourth Gospel
Author: Charles Panackel
Publisher: Gregorian Biblical BookShop
In today's world, that has seen the birth of a new humanism (Vat. II, GS, 55), the focus of interest in Christology has understandably shifted from the divinity of Jesus to his humanity, with the recognition that it is the humanity of the man called Jesus of Nazareth that is the locus of God's revelation and the means of reconciliation of the world to himself. Such an approach in Christology, without in any way ignoring, diminishing or denying Jesus' divinity, is given a vibrant expression in Charles Panackel's book: Indou ho anthropos (Jn 19,5b). Through the lucid presentation of his research, that is analytico-synthetic and exegetico-theological, the author seeks to unravel and highlight the double entente in Jn 19,5b, arriving at the primary meaning principally in the light of Pilate's character as seen in the Trial Scene, and at its ulterior meaning in the light of all the Jesus - occurrences spread across ten Chapers in the Fouth Gospel, thereby adopting an approach that is totally original and offering insights that are refreshingly new. The present study is a significant contribution to Johannine scholarship for the Jesus - theme climaxing in Jn 19,5b, that it highlights, and for the lively discussion that it is bound to evoke.
…In order to know myself better, gnothi seauton, I have to descend into the strongholds of meditation, of pondering and perhaps, of wise silencing… …In order to know myself better, nosce te ipsum, I have to know what is uncertain around me, with me and inside of me… …In order to know myself better, Erkenne dich selbst, I have to know what is unknown beyond of me and deeper inside of me… …Ultimately, what is known, what is uncertain and what is unknown could be the duty - triad in every school, in every college, university or academy, of all those who are trying the ontological jump in our Species still called Sapiens…
The discipline of anthropology is, at its best, characterized by turbulence, self-examination, and inventiveness. In recent decades, new thinking and practice within the field has certainly reflected this pattern, as shown for example by numerous fruitful ventures into the "politics and poetics" of anthropology. Surprisingly little attention, however, has been given to the simple insight that anthropology is composed of claims, whether tacit or explicit, about anthropos and about logos--and the myriad ways in which these two Greek nouns have been, might be, and should be, connected. Anthropos Today represents a pathbreaking effort to fill this gap. Paul Rabinow brings together years of distinguished work in this magisterial volume that seeks to reinvigorate the human sciences. Specifically, he assembles a set of conceptual tools--"modern equipment"--to assess how intellectual work is currently conducted and how it might change. Anthropos Today crystallizes Rabinow's previous ethnographic inquiries into the production of truth about life in the world of biotechnology and genome mapping (and his invention of new ways of practicing this pursuit), and his findings on how new practices of life, labor, and language have emerged and been institutionalized. Here, Rabinow steps back from empirical research in order to reflect on the conceptual and ethical resources available today to conduct such inquiries. Drawing richly on Foucault and many other thinkers including Weber and Dewey, Rabinow concludes that a "contingent practice" must be developed that focuses on "events of problematization." Brilliantly synthesizing insights from American, French, and German traditions, he offers a lucid, deeply learned, original discussion of how one might best think about anthropos today.