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How can we rethink the terms of Enlightenment anthropology in a manner and an idiom appropriate to the contemporary era?

These essays argue for anthropology’s use in acknowledging, exploring and interpreting divergence and ideological conflict over human meaning. The volume is structured around some of the key themes that the Enlightenment fostered, including human nature, time, Earth and the cosmos, beauty, order, harmony and design, morals, and the query of whether wealthy nations make for healthy publics.

It focuses in particular on how ‘moral sentiment’ offered a guiding idea in Enlightenment thought. With an afterword from Marilyn Strathern, this volume makes a strong addition to the ASA conference proceedings.