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Anthropology and the Cognitive Challenge


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1. Why social scientists should not avoid cognitive issues; 2. Innateness and social scientists' fears; 3. How anthropology abandoned a naturalist epistemology; 4. The nature/culture wars; 5. Time and the anthropologists; 6. Reconciling social science and cognitive science notions of the 'self'; 7. What goes without saying; 8. Memory.

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One of the world's most distinguished anthropologists proposes that cognitive science enriches, rather than threatens, the work of social scientists.

About the Author

Maurice Bloch, Emeritus Professor of Anthropology at the London School of Economics, is one of the world's leading anthropologists. He has held a number of academic positions at universities around the world and is currently an associate member of the Institut Jean Nicod of the Ecole Normale Superieure in Paris engaged in an interdisciplinary research project on comparative epistemics funded by the European Science Foundation. He has published widely on his research interests and his work has been translated into twelve languages. He was elected a Fellow of the British Academy in 1990.


'Anthropology and the Cognitive Challenge is, in sum, an excellent little book that deserves to be read by all social scientists interested in the role of the mind in human affairs.' Thomas Wynn, Anthropos
'I believe that Bloch offers a well-reasoned and balanced perspective on the divide between psychology and anthropology. Most psychological and cognitive anthropologists will find themselves nodding in agreement as they read.' Harold D. Green, American Anthropologist

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