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interprets the variety of custom as different strategies for producing universal
social ends. Thus, Malinowski thought that empirical observation of a single
primitive society would make it possible to understand the “universal motivations”
There is something that moves one to laughter, if only our social pieties and
highly conventional sense of the serious would allow it, in the most terrible of
modern catastrophes and atrocities. There is something comic in modern
experience as ...
Works of art, psychological forms, and social forms all reflect each other, and
change with each other. But, of course, most people are slow to come to terms
with such changes—especially today, when the changes are occurring with an ...
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AGAINST INTERPRETATION: And Other EssaysUser Review - Kirkus
If one were to judge these essays in terms of price, their value would be very high. At her best (and worst) Miss Sontag offers three pennies worth of thought in any one sentence. "The function of ... Read full review