Graber's "Truth": Reply to Karla Poewe

William Rodman (rodman@MCMAIL.CIS.MCMASTER.CA)
Sat, 18 Dec 1993 22:45:26 -0500

on charismatic Christianity as a global culture. I'm sure that many on
the list will want to read it. From your comment, however, I gather that
emic conceptions of "truth" and "reality" are a major concern of the
authors in your volume. I was asking Bob Graber not for examples of what
the concept of "truth" means to particular peoples that anthropologists
study, but rather for examples of significant scientific truths that
anthropologists themselves have discovered as a result of their field
research. What I'm trying to do here is ground a highly abstract
discussion in ethnographic data, not begin a discussion concerning
conceptions of "truth" cross-culturally, although - in a different context
- such a discussion might well prove interesting.

Bill Rodman

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