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  • Why Humans Have Cultures by Michael Carrithers
    Why Humans Have Cultures (English, Paperback)

    Aims to provide an introduction to anthropology, showing it as an activity which helps us to understand human social and cultural diversity. This book is also an invitation to anthropologists, which began with the question: "Why do humans have such diverse cultures and ways of life?".

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  • The Category of the Person by Michael Carrithers
    The Category of the Person (English, Paperback)

    The concept that people have of themselves as a 'person' is one of the most intimate notions that they hold. Yet the way in which the category of the person is conceived varies over time and space. In this volume, anthropologists, philosophers, and historians examine the notion of the person in different cultures, past and present. Taking as their starting point a lecture on the person as a...

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  • Buddha: A Very Short Introduction by Michael Carrithers
    Buddha: A Very Short Introduction (English, Paperback)

    Michael Carrithers guides us through the complex and sometimes conflicting information that Buddhist texts give about the life and teaching of the Buddha. He discusses the social and political background of India in the Buddha's time, and traces the development of his thought. He also assesses the rapid and widespread assimilation of Buddhism and its contemporary relevance.

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