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"The Ground Between is a distinctive collection of cases of philosophical influence in shaping some of the most important and prominent ethnographic research of recent times." — George E. Marcus, coauthor of Designs for an Anthropology of the Contemporary
"Twelve distinguished anthropologists engage with the writings of particular philosophers to illuminate their own particular fieldwork (and in a couple of cases, their personal life experiences). What we get are insightful reflections on what philosophy and anthropology share–such as the problem of the Other, the viability of transcendental categories across variable life forms, and the limits of the human. This is a thought-provoking book that will greatly reward careful readers." — Talal Asad, author of Formations of the Secular: Christianity, Islam, Modernity
"This generous, eclectic book bears all the marks of a classic. Most of the leading anthropologists of our time come together in the 'ground between' anthropology and philosophy to explore problems that emerge from our disciplinary deliberations but lead us beyond them. This work deeply immerses us in the ethics of analytic thinking while questioning what it means to participate in life, language, custom, and contingency. How to act upon a world that never stands still? This immersive work that addresses several peoples and cultures convinces us that there is no convenient or consensual 'middle ground' on which to base our judgments or rest our cases."
— Homi K. Bhabha, Anne F. Rothenberg Professor of the Humanities, Harvard University
"This is a perfect time to stage new encounters between philosophy and anthropology. These essays make a compelling case for doing so, exploring affinities and tensions across diverse modes of work rather than re-debating whether anthropology or philosophy should have primacy. More than that, at its best the writing awakens us again to the task of thinking. A fascinating set of explorations." — William E. Connolly, author of The Fragility of Things: Self-Organizing Processes, Neoliberal Fantasies, and Democratic Activism
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Contributors. João Biehl, Steven C. Caton, Vincent Crapanzano, Veena Das, Didier Fassin, Michael M. J. Fischer, Ghassan Hage, Clara Han, Michael Jackson, Arthur Kleinman, Michael Puett, Bhrigupati Singh
Veena Das is Krieger-Eisenhower Professor of Anthropology at The Johns Hopkins University and author of Life and Words: Violence and the Descent into the Ordinary.
Michael D. Jackson is Distinguished Professor of World Religions at Harvard Divinity School.
Arthur Kleinman is the Esther and Sidney Rabb Professor of Anthropology at Harvard University.
Bhrigupati Singh is Assistant Professor of Anthropology Brown University and the author of Gods and Grains: Lives of Desire in Rural India.
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