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Humanism as Nihilism: The Bracketing of Truth and Seriousness in American Cultural Anthropology

Humanism as Nihilism: The Bracketing of Truth and Seriousness in American Cultural Anthropology

Chapter:
(p.12) (p.13) 1 Humanism as Nihilism: The Bracketing of Truth and Seriousness in American Cultural Anthropology
Source:
The Accompaniment
Author(s):
Paul Rabinow
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226701714.003.0002

This chapter discusses anthropological theorists who have developed the concept of “culture”, arguing that their attempts to create a science of culture resulted in a form of nihilism. One example is Franz Boaz, who used the science of culture that he was building as the weapon with which to attack the concept of race.

Keywords:   anthropological theorists, culture, nihilism, Franz Boaz, race

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