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Exploring the Ethical Drives in Human Life
Edited by Cheryl Mattingly, Rasmus Dyring, Maria Louw, and Thomas Schwarz Wentzer
266 pages, bibliog., index
ISBN 978-1-78533-693-5 $135.00/£99.00 Hb Published (October 2017)
eISBN 978-1-78533-694-2 eBook
“This is an excellent collection of essays that contributes to the growing anthropological literature on morality and ethics. It addresses the current debates in a new and useful way.” · Johan Rasanayagam, University of Aberdeen, Aberdeen
“This stimulating volume suggests a new metaphor to reshape this central question to moral theory within an anthropological perspective.” · Samuel Leze, Ecole Normale Supérieure de Lyon
In the past fifteen years, there has been a virtual explosion of anthropological literature arguing that morality should be considered central to human practice. Out of this explosion new and invigorating conversations have emerged between anthropologists and philosophers. Moral Engines: Exploring the Ethical Drives in Human Life includes essays from some of the foremost voices in the anthropology of morality, offering unique interdisciplinary conversations between anthropologists and philosophers about the moral engines of ethical life, addressing the question: What propels humans to act in light of ethical ideals?
Cheryl Mattingly is Professor of Anthropology at University of Southern California. She is a 2017 Guggenheim Fellow and has received numerous awards from the American Anthropological Association, including the Victor Turner Prize, the Stirling Prize and the New Millennium Prize. Her most recent book is Moral Laboratories: Family Peril and the Struggle for a Good Life (University of California Press 2014).
Rasmus Dyring is Assistant Professor at the Department of Philosophy and History of Ideas, Aarhus University. In dialogue with the anthropology of ethics, Dyring’s research aims at foregrounding the existential dimensions of ethical life. He has published several articles on this subject, for instance, “A Spectacle of Disappearance” (Tropos 2015).
Maria Louw is Associate Professor at the Department of Anthropology, Aarhus University. She is the author of Everyday Islam in Post-Soviet Central Asia (Routledge 2007) and a number of other publications focusing on religion, secularism, atheism and morality in Central Asia.
Thomas Schwarz Wentzer is Associate Professor and Chair, Department of Philosophy and History of Ideas, Aarhus University. He is author of Bewahrung der Geschichte: Die hermeneutische Philosophie Walter Benjamins (Philo-Verlag 2002), co-editor of Finite but Unbounded: New Approaches in Philosophical Anthropology (DeGruyter 2017).
Subject: Anthropology (General) Cultural Studies (General)
Chapter 1. The Question of 'Moral Engines': Introducing a Philosophical Anthropological Dialogue
Rasmus Dyring, Cheryl Mattingly, and Maria Louw
PART I: MORAL ENGINES AND HUMAN EXPERIENCE
Chapter 2. Ethics, Immanent Transcendence and the Experimental Narrative Self
Chapter 3. Being Otherwise: On Regret, Morality, and Mood
Chapter 4. Haunting as Moral Engine: Ethical Striving and Moral Aporias among Sufis in Uzbekistan
Chapter 5. Every Day: Forgiving after War in Northern Uganda
Chapter 6. The Provocation of Freedom
PART II: MORAL ENGINES AND 'MORAL FACTS'
Chapter 7. On the Immanence of Ethics
Chapter 8. Where in the World are Values? Exemplarity and Moral Motivation
Chapter 9. Fault Lines in the Anthropology of Ethics
PART III: MORAL ENGINES AND THE HUMAN CONDITION
Chapter 10. An Ethics of Dwelling and a Politics of Worldbuilding: Responding to the Demands of the Drug War
Chapter 11. Human, the Responding Being: Considerations Towards a Philosophical Anthropology of Responsiveness
Thomas Schwarz Wentzer
Chapter 12. The History of Responsibility
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