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By Hans G. Kippenberg, Yme B. Kuiper, Andy F. Sanders

ISBN-10: 0899256007

ISBN-13: 9780899256009

Sinceits founding through Jacques Waardenburg in 1971, faith and cause has been a number one discussion board for contributions on theories, theoretical concerns and agendas relating to the phenomenon and the research of faith. issues contain (among others) type formation, comparability, ethnophilosophy, hermeneutics, technique, fable, phenomenology, philosophy of technological know-how, medical atheism, structuralism, and theories of faith. at times the sequence publishes volumes that map the cutting-edge and the historical past of the self-discipline.

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Oosten continual re-evaluation of the concept of person is necessary, for when it serves to justify a changing reality, the contents of the concept change. e. the ways in which it was and is used to legitimize existing social practices. Philosophers all too often make the mistake of taking insufficient account of the ideological function in society of their assertions. From bitter political experience, from the writings of Orwell as well as from the dialectical philosophy of Hegel and Marx, we have learned that in daily life all kinds of statements and concepts can come to mean something that is quite different from what well-meaning persons originally intended them to mean.

I will try to show that the concept of person is closely linked with generally accepted Western ideologies, so that it cannot simply be applied to non-Western cultures. To make this clear, I have made a detailed study of the relation between 'person' and 'personality5. The concept of person The concept 'person' plays an important part in our culture. We can find it in, for instance, the Universal Declaration of Human Rights as set forth by the General Assembly of the United Nations in 1948. In article 3 it says: 'Everyone has the right to life, liberty and security of person' and in article 6: 'Everyone has the right to recognition everywhere as a person before the law\ The concept 'person' is used to indicate the human individual to whom certain rights can be assigned and who may be held responsible for his actions.

The work of Geertz represents the third variant; in several articles Geertz criticised the first variant. With their field-work data, collected among American Indians, in the Far East and in Oceania, the 'culture and personality" anthropologists attempted to trace the relation between culture and personality within relatively simple societies. During the Second World War this programme was extended to encompass very complex societies like Japan, Germany and the Soviet Union, and research was focused on the concept of national character.

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