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IrrevocableA Philosophy of Mortality$
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Alphonso Lingis

Print publication date: 2018

Print ISBN-13: 9780226556765

Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: May 2019

DOI: 10.7208/chicago/9780226557090.001.0001

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Return of the First Person Singular

Return of the First Person Singular

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(p.53) Return of the First Person Singular
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Irrevocable
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Alphonso Lingis

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University of Chicago Press
DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226557090.003.0007

Phenomenology had taken consciousness in the first person to be the origin of meanings. For the postmodern philosophy of mind meanings are articulated in the taxonomic contrasts, semantic systems, grammatical forms, and rhetorical paradigms of languages, which are social and institutional productions. But anthropological field researchers find that the ideology or the mythical or religious elaborations of a community are very unevenly present in the understanding of any informant. To understand what an informant means the researcher has to envision how he or she acts in a practical and social field. Medical anthropologists find that a patient has to compose his own account of the impact of his illness on his family, his work, his sense of the life he henceforth has to lead and the death that he has to face. Anthropological researchers who study the private religions elaborated by psychotics have come to recognize their positive and productive function.

Keywords:   postmodern philosophy of mind, the anthropologist and her informant, medical anthropology, medical discourse and patient's discourse, private religions

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