Culture and Practical Reason

  title={Culture and Practical Reason},
  author={M. Sahlins},
  • M. Sahlins
  • Published 1976
  • Sociology, History
  • "The main thrust of this book is to deliver a major critique of materialist and rationalist explanations of social and cultural forms, but the in the process Sahlins has given us a much stronger statement of the centrality of symbols in human affairs than have many of our 'practicing' symbolic anthropologists. He demonstrates that symbols enter all phases of social life: those which we tend to regard as strictly pragmatic, or based on concerns with material need or advantage, as well as those… CONTINUE READING
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