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Available Light: Anthropological Reflections on Philosophical Topics Paperback – 15 Jul 2001

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Available Light reflects an eminent scholar's mature insights into the state of anthropology after it has lost much of its former prestige. . .Library JournalAn important contribution to how we think and live in the world today.Publishers WeeklyThis is a provocative look at the human race (and the study thereof) by a man who has seen more of it than most.Kirkus ReviewsThe essays and personal history contained in Available Light distill the continuing vitality, honesty, and acumen of an intellectual. . . clarity, humor, and insight never give way to the flattened tone of pedagogue.Paul-Jonathan BensonThe Boston Book ReviewMr. Geertz's most recent collection of papers and lectures . . . makes the peculiarities of his profession still more pronounced. What, he asks, is anthropology really about? . . . Isn't the anthropologist doomed to misinterpret another culture? Is any universal judgement possible? . . . So the anthropologist stands at a troubled crossroads. . . . In one direction is the world of culture, diverse and unimaginably complex; in the other is the world of nature, immutable and universal.Edward RothsteinNew York TimesLucid, provocative and playful. . . . The book is impeccably written--droll, animated, and bright in both senses of the word--and should enlighten lay readers as well as specialists.Lionel ShriverThe GuardianAvailable Light is deeply moving.T.M. LuhrmannTimes Literary SupplementAnthropology has never been so central or so widely read within the academy; and anthropologists have never been so insecure. In this context of moral insecurity, Available Light is deeply moving.T. M. LuhrmannTimes Literary SupplementI am a fan of Geertz because he is one of the world's most effective proponents of cultural, moral, and scientific pluralism. . . . His new book . . . is a welcome, predictably fascinating, and very elucidative exposition of Geertz's brand of pluralism. . . . Gripping.Richard A. ShwederScienceGeertz once again makes an important contribution to how we think and live in the world today.Publishers WeeklyThis book is impeccably written--droll, animated, and bright in both senses of the word--and should enlighten lay readers as well as specialists. . . . Lucid, provocative, and playful.Lionel ShriverGuardian

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Clifford Geertz published his famous work, The Interpretation of Cultures, in 1973. It influenced a generation of not only anthropologists but also other scholars and intellectuals. His most recent book is After the Fact: Two Countries, Four Decades, One Anthropologist. He is currently a faculty member at the Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton.

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