From its origins in classical thought and christianity, western culture has always had a strong tendency towards universalism. Clifford geertz 19262006 served on the faculty of the institute for advanced study in princeton, new jersey. After the fact is clifford geertzs jerusalemharvard lectures, jointly sponsored by the hebrew university of jerusalem and harvard university. An interview with the anthropologist clifford geertz. Writing and interpretation article pdf available in sociologija 441 january 2002 with 1,891 reads how we measure reads. Austin the paper examines some of the philosophical bases of clifford geertzs work. He was considered for 30 years one of the most important cultural anthropologists in.
Clifford geertz on writing and rhetoric lisa ede thejac interview with clifford geertz provides elegant confirmationif anyone needed itof the reasons why this closet rhetoricians work has drawn the attention of many in composition studies. Summary clifford geertz born as clifford james geertz in san francisco, u. Contents preface part i 4 chapter 11 thick description. Geertz observes, and believes, that the anthropological study of religion is stagnant due to a narrow focus on transcendent figures p. For full interview or interviews of many others, please see. Two countries, four decades, one anthropologist article pdf available in arbitrium 171.
Geertz, along with such scholars as donald mccloskey the rhetoric of economics, james boyd. Clifford geertz 19262006 was a professor at the institute for advanced study at princeton university, and a fellow of the american academy of arts and sciences, the american philosophical society, the national academy of sciences, and the american association for the advancement of science. He served until his death as professor emeritus at the institute for advanced study, princeton. Continuing my series of notes on clifford geertzs local knowledge. August 23, 1926 october 30, 2006 was an american anthropologist who is remembered mostly for his strong support for and influence on the practice of symbolic anthropology, and who was considered for three decades. A collection of academical essays in which geertz, with trademark ironic wit, invites readers to meditate with him on the central puzzle and conundrum of the humanities and interpretive social sciences. Clifford james geertz august 23, 1926 october 30, 2006 was an american anthropologist who is remembered mostly for his strong support. Further essays in interpretive anthropology, basic books, new york, 1983. Start your 48hour free trial to unlock this clifford geertz study guide and get instant access to the following biography. Excerpts from clifford geertzs religion as a cultural system. In looking back on four decades of anthropology in the field, clifford geertz creates a personal history that is also a retrospective reflection on. Clifford geertz, american cultural anthropologist, a leading rhetorician and proponent of symbolic anthropology and interpretive anthropology. Appropriate to its venue, the books addresses major questions, making strong theoretical and empirical claims.
The uses diversity tanner lectures on human values. Clifford geertz, who has died aged 80 of complications following heart surgery, was one of the most influential anthropologists of his generation. Clifford geertz on ethnography and social construction gary a. The ethnocentrism of clifford geertz the new criterion. Reading notes religion as a cultural system clifford geertz. Clifford geertzs influential definition of religions as providing their members with both an ethos and a worldviewin his terms, both a model for and model of realityhas of late become a neuralgic point of contention in religious studies. Clifford geertz published numerous essays, books, and articles. Clifford geertz basicbooks a subsidiary of ftrseus books, l. Shakespeares genius to lie in the fact that his characters are. Harvard university press harvard university press 1926 2006 read obituary.
Clifford geertz interpretation of cultures konspektid. The ethnocentrism of clifford geertz by keith windschuttle. The most influential aspect of geertzs work has been his emphasis on the importance of the symbolic of systems of meaning as it relates to culture, cultural change, and the study of culture. After the fact clifford geertz harvard university press. Navy in world war ii 194345, geertz studied at antioch college, ohio b.
Washington clifford geertz, an anthropologist whose imaginative studies of cultural groups from other countries changed the intellectual underpinnings of anthropology and other social sciences, died oct. Religious development in morocco and indonesia 1968, a collection of essays entitled the interpretation of cultures 1970, and after the fact. This principle has long been expressed in the idea of the unity of human kind and. The interpretation of cultures edition 2000 by clifford. Fact and law in comparative perspective first presented as the storrs lectures for 1981 at yale law school. Geertz the uses of diversity 255 strauss, incorrigible, read his entire text, apparently at high speed, in the time left. On our most famous anthropologist and the failures of the discipline. In four brief chapters, writes clifford geertz in his preface, i have attempted both to lay out a general framework for the comparative analysis of religion and to apply it to a study of the development of a supposedly single creed, islam, in two quite contrasting civilizations, the indonesian and the moroccan. Clifford james geertz august 23, 1926 october 30, 2006 was an american anthropologist. Clifford geertz the scientist, biography, facts and quotes. The interpretation of cultures selected essays by clifford geertz basic books, inc. In this chapter, geertz looks to define religion through a cultural lens in an attempt to advance the anthropological study of religion. Some philosophical assumptions in the work of clifford geertz1 diane j.
Im probably a closet rhetorician, although im coming out of the closet a bit. Further reproduction prohibited without permission. Do not be troubled by the fact that some reduced languages he has just invented for didactic purposes consist only of imperatives. Drawing on his own background in philosophy and literary studies, geertz both. Olson clifford geertz says it all in one crisp, succinct sentence. Biography clifford james geertz was an american anthropologist and professor emeritus at the institute for advanced study, princeton, new jersey. Library of congress cataloging in publication data geertz, clifford. A narrative presents itself, a tour of indices and trends, perhaps a memoir. Geertzs influence is summed up by anthropologist sherry ortner, in the introduction to the fate of culture. Human nature, presumably everywhere one and the same, comes to us only in its local varieties, as a bewildering diversity of languages, cultures, cultural practices, beliefs, mentalities. Clifford geertz american anthropologist britannica.
The interpretation of cultures clifford geertz staff uny. He served until his death as professor emeritus at the. Clifford james geertz was an american anthropologist who is remembered mostly for his strong support for and influence on the practice of symbolic. In particular, the paper considers the role of philosophical theories of meaning as formulated by susanne langer in clifford geertzs accounts of the nature of symbol ism. Clifford geertz 1926present is best known for his ethnographic studies of javanese culture java is an indonesian island south of borneo and for his writings about the interpretation of culture. He is known for his strong support for and influence on the practice of symbolic anthropology.780 1035 1127 1139 798 589 976 1483 528 556 909 797 1273 1139 1089 684 1419 1398 129 1284 582 302 915 424 54 262 1148 1237 1094 1493 14 1334 1205 604 602 291 1244 510