Nov 27, 2015
from 04:15 PM to 06:00 PM
|Where||Seminar Room, Social Anthropology|
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Professor Charles Stafford
(London School of Economics)
Self-education as the end of economic life
In the Marxist tradition, which itself builds on German idealism, economic life matters not only for political reasons in the narrow sense but also because of the central role it plays in human self-realisation. But what does this mean? This paper, which draws on fieldwork material from rural China and Taiwan, will explore the specifically cognitive dimensions of economic agency, treating it as a learning process. It will be argued that self-education - especially with respect to problems in human cooperation - should be seen as the end of it.