By Roy Wagner

ISBN-10: 0520225864

ISBN-13: 9780520225862

ISBN-10: 0585391688

ISBN-13: 9780585391687

An Anthropology of the topic rounds out the theoretical-philosophical cosmos of 1 of the 20 th century's such a lot intellectually adventurous anthropologists. Roy Wagner, having became "culture" and "symbols" within out (in the discovery of tradition and logos That Stand for Themselves, respectively), now does an analogous for the "subject" and subjectivity. In learning the human topic and how human tradition mirrors itself, Wagner has redefined holography as "the detailed equivalence, or complete id, of half and full in any human contingency."

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A concrete expression of our scale in things, it makes the point that natural science nearly always misses, that “scale” is almost never drawn to scale. The kind of understanding that insists on magnification, changing the scale of things to get the details right, has used the thing it needed to see, and “seen” the thing it needed to use. The conviction that atoms and molecules or life processes and carbon reactions are things that make us up is based on the fact that we have made them up. The very human need for divinity is a case in point of this, for the invention of supreme being is almost as useful a fiction in restoring human proportions that are too close to be otherwise detectable as the idea of “primitive” languages or peoples, or of human evolution.

The remembered and the remembering of it live such different lives that they might as well be two different people. , “content” versus “form”) to the semiotic practice of defining 02-C1488 12/13/00 1:45 PM Page 27 WHERE IS THE MEANING IN A TROPE? 27 the sign values, functions, or agentive roles of signs and other conventions. If the cognitive and subjective formation of a world-in-theperson and the objective articulation of that “person” as personality, behavior, relationship in the world are co-dependent and co-relative variables, then the definitive formulation or “fixing” of one of them throws the other open to hazard and mystification.

Or one could be very exacting, perhaps psychological, biological, biographical, about the “people” involved, even provoke a “humanistic” discourse, and have to wonder about the signs. So the problem of locating meaning in the trope and tropes themselves in the meaningfulness of the human condition is not merely topical within the social sciences. It is the “contagiousness,” the generic issue, of social science itself, inextricably compounded within its own subdivision and articulation of topics, approaches, and subject matters—its own tropes for the sorting out of tropes, its artificial “reincarnation” of other time periods and alternative styles of life and thought as personifications sensed secretively within our own.

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