ISBN-10:
0691011583
ISBN-13:
9780691011585
Pub. Date:
12/15/1996
Publisher:
Princeton University Press
Essays on the Anthropology of Reason

Essays on the Anthropology of Reason

by Paul Rabinow

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"Essays on the Anthropology of Reason will provide an important sense of the solidity of research in the new and exciting terrains that anthropology has entered. In so doing, it will remove discussion of such new work from the 'celebrity/fashion circuit' of recent trends in cultural studies. Paul Rabinow's collection both illuminates and extends a major research career that has never waned in the power of its intellect, curiosity, and depth of achievement."—George E. Marcus, Rice University

"Paul Rabinow's Reflections on Fieldwork in Morocco has been seen as the precursor of the wave of reflexive anthropological texts that have played a central role in recent developments of the discipline. Essays on the Anthropology of Reason could have a similar effect, one that could contribute to a movement away from an excessive preoccupation with textual reflexivity. What one finds in this volume is a sustained reflection on what it means to do fieldwork today in or on (post)modern societies. There is no doubt in my mind that it will generate a healthy debate not only within anthropology but in other fields as well."—Alberto Cambrosio, McGill University

"Paul Rabinow's voice is unique. These essays explore a wide range of topics—the historical grounding of popular conceptions of the integrity of the body, the cultural logic of biological determinism and eugenics, and the applicability of Foucault's notion of biopower—with masterful command of the literature, a nuanced ear for the subtleties of cultural interpretation, and a theoretical acuity that is often thrilling."—Emily Martin, Princeton University

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780691011585
Publisher: Princeton University Press
Publication date: 12/15/1996
Series: Princeton Studies in Culture/Power/History
Pages: 216
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.25(h) x (d)

About the Author

Paul Rabinow is Professor of Anthropology at the University of California, Berkeley. Among his most recent books are Making PCR: A Story of Biotechnology and French Modern: Norms and Forms of the Social Environment, both published by the University of Chicago Press.

Table of Contents

Preface
Acknowledgments
Ch. 1Science as a Practice: Ethos, Logos, Pathos3
Ch. 2Representations Are Social Facts: Modernity and Post-Modernity in Anthropology28
Ch. 3On the Archaeology of Late Modernity59
Ch. 4Georges Canguilhem: A Vital Rationalist80
Ch. 5Artificiality and Enlightenment: From Sociobiology to Biosociality91
Ch. 6Galton's Regret: Of Types and Individuals112
Ch. 7Severing the Ties: Fragmentation and Dignity in Late Modernity129
Ch. 8Steps toward a Third Culture153
Ch. 9American Moderns: On Sciences and Scientists162
Index189

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Marcus

Essays on the Anthropology of Reason will provide an important sense of the solidity of research in the new and exciting terrains that anthropology has entered. In so doing, it will remove discussion of such new work from the 'celebrity/fashion circuit' of recent trends in cultural studies. Paul Rabinow's collection both illuminates and extends a major research career that has never waned in the power of its intellect, curiosity, and depth of achievement.
George E. Marcus, Rice University

Emily Martin

Paul Rabinow's voice is unique. These essays explore a wide range of topics—the historical grounding of popular conceptions of the integrity of the body, the cultural logic of biological determinism and eugenics, and the applicability of Foucault's notion of biopower—with masterful command of the literature, a nuanced ear for the subtleties of cultural interpretation, and a theoretical acuity that is often thrilling.
Emily Martin, Princeton University

From the Publisher

"Paul Rabinow's voice is unique. These essays explore a wide range of topics—the historical grounding of popular conceptions of the integrity of the body, the cultural logic of biological determinism and eugenics, and the applicability of Foucault's notion of biopower—with masterful command of the literature, a nuanced ear for the subtleties of cultural interpretation, and a theoretical acuity that is often thrilling."—Emily Martin, Princeton University

Alberto Cambrosio

Paul Rabinow's Reflections on Fieldwork in Morocco has been seen as the precursor of the wave of reflexive anthropological texts that have played a central role in recent developments of the discipline. Essays on the Anthropology of Reason could have a similar effect, one that could contribute to a movement away from an excessive preoccupation with textual reflexivity. What one finds in this volume is a sustained reflection on what it means to do fieldwork today in or on (post)modern societies. There is no doubt in my mind that it will generate a healthy debate not only within anthropology but in other fields as well.
Alberto Cambrosio, McGill University

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