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Cognitive VariationsReflections on the Unity and Diversity of the Human Mind$
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Geoffrey Lloyd

Print publication date: 2007

Print ISBN-13: 9780199214617

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2007

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199214617.001.0001

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Nature versus Culture Reassessed

Nature versus Culture Reassessed

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(p.131) 7 Nature versus Culture Reassessed
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Cognitive Variations
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G. E. R. Lloyd (Contributor Webpage)

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199214617.003.0008

The dichotomy between nature and culture constitutes a key element in the articulating framework of several intellectual disciplines. The dichotomy is of particular importance for the study of the problem of the psychic unity of humankind. This chapter examines the historical origins of one version of the dichotomy which has been influential in European thought. It then follows up earlier studies that investigated the contexts in which an explicit contrast between two concepts corresponding, roughly, to nature and to culture, that is phusis and nomos, was proposed by certain ancient Greek thinkers. This investigation brings to light bboth the polemical use of that dichotomy and its continuing problematic status in philosophy and social anthropology.

Keywords:   nature, culture, dichotomy, phusis, nomos, psychic unity

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