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Comparing the Incomparable

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Description for Comparing the Incomparable Paperback. A deliberately post-deconstructionist manifesto against the dangers of incommensurability, Marcel Detienne's book argues for and engages in the constructive comparison of societies of a great temporal and spatial diversity. Translator(s): Lloyd, Janet. Series: Cultural Memory in the Present. Num Pages: 136 pages. BIC Classification: HPS; JHMC. Category: (P) Professional & Vocational; (UP) Postgraduate, Research & Scholarly; (UU) Undergraduate. Dimension: 5487 x 3556 x 330. Weight in Grams: 181.

In Comparing the Incomparable, Marcel Detienne challenges the cordoning off of disciplines that prevent us from asking trans-cultural questions that would permit one society to shed light on another. Some years ago, he undertook the study of "construction sites" grouped around general questions to be put to historians and ethnologists about their particular areas of expertise. Four of these comparative experiments are presented in the chapters of this book. The first concerns myths and practices related to the founding of cities or sacred spaces from Africa to Japan to Ancient Greece. The second looks at "regimes of historicity" and asks ... Read more

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Stanford University Press United States
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Cultural Memory in the Present
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Palo Alto, United States
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About Marcel Detienne
Marcel Detienne is Basil L. Gildersleeve Professor of Classics at Johns Hopkins University. Amongst his books that have appeared in English translation are The Writing of Orpheus (2002), and, with Giulia Sissa, The Daily Life of the Greek Gods (Stanford, 2000).

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