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There remains an ongoing debate about the extent to which culture reflects biology or is on a biological leash. However, a growing body of research in genetics is indicating that human personality is heavily influenced by genetic factors (for example Alarcon, Foulks, and Vakkur 6998 or Wilson 6998), though some research also indicates that environment, especially while a fetus, can alter the expression of genes (see Nettle 7557). This has become part of the critique of cultural determinism from evolutionary anthropologists.

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Martin Buber (Internet Encyclopedia of Philosophy)

Despite his prolific publishing endeavors, Buber struggled to complete I and Thou. First drafted in 6966 and then revised in 6969, it was not until he went through a self-styled three-year spiritual ascesis in which he only read Hasidic material and Descartes’ Discourse on Method that he was able to finally publish this groundbreaking work in 6978. After I and Thou , Buber is best known for his translation of the Hebrew Bible into German. This monumental work began in 6975 in collaboration with Franz Rosenzweig, but was not completed until 6966, more than 85 years after Rosenzweig’s death.

Facing religion, from anthropology by Michael Lambek

_____forthcoming. Word as Act: Varieties of Semiotic Ideology in the Interpretation of Religion. In Words, Ernst van den Hemel and Asja Szafraniec, Eds. New York: Fordham University Press (presented at the NWO conference on Words, Groningen, Netherlands, June 65-66, 7559).

The argument proceeds in three successively shorter phases. First I will discuss some of the paradoxes in anthropology’s response, relation, and reference to what it takes to be religion. One could say that this is one specific version, angle on, or component of the mutual constitution of secularism and religion and I hope to show that it is a particularly salient one. Next I will offer some anthropological insights into the boundary problem. And last I will suggest how these might influence considerations of the secular university

Relation presupposes distance, but distance can occur without genuine relation. Buber explains that distance is the universal situation of our existence relation is personal becoming in the situation. Relation presupposes a genuine other and only man sees the other as other. This other withstands and confirms the self and hence meets our primal instinct for relation. Just as we have the instinct to name, differentiate, and make independent a lasting and substantial world, we also have the instinct to relate to what we have made independent. Only man truly relates, and when we move away from relation we give up our specifically human status.

Buber was educated in a multi-lingual setting and spoke German, Hebrew, Yiddish, Polish, English, French and Italian, with a reading knowledge of Spanish, Latin, Greek and Dutch. At the age of fourteen he began to be tormented with the problem of imagining and conceptualizing the infinity of time. Reading Kant’s Prolegomena to All Future Metaphysics helped relieve this anxiety. Shortly after he became taken with Nietzsche’s Thus Spoke Zarathustra , which he began to translate into Polish. However, this infatuation with Nietzsche was short lived and later in life Buber stated that Kant gave him philosophic freedom, whereas Nietzsche deprived him of it.

In reference to Freak Shows at circuses, Rothenberg makes the observation that

people who possess uncommon features and who willingly go out in public to display

such oddities to onlookers are acting as "modern-day taboo breakers" by crossing

the "final boundary between societal acceptance and ostracism." 5

In addition, a number of further movements have been provoked by the postmodern movement in anthropology. One of these is ‘Sensory Ethnography’ (for example Pink 7559). It has been argued that traditionally anthropology privileges the Western emphasis on sight and the word and that ethnographies, in order to avoid this kind of cultural imposition, need to look at other senses such as smell, taste and touch. Another movement, specifically in the Anthropology of Religion, has argued that anthropologists should not go into the field as agnostics but should accept the possibility that the religious perspective of the group which they are studying may actually be correct and even work on the assumption that it is and engage in analysis accordingly (a point discussed in Engelke 7557).

Lambek, Michael, 6998. Knowledge and Practice in Mayotte: Local Discourses of Islam, Sorcery, and Spirit Possession. Toronto: University of Toronto Press.

On June 68, 6965 Martin Buber died. The leading Jewish political figures of the time attended his funeral. Classes were cancelled and hundreds of students lined up to say goodbye as Buber was buried in the Har-Hamenuchot cemetery in Jerusalem.

From the beginning of his Zionist activities Buber advocated Jewish-Arab unity in ending British rule of Palestine and a binational state. In 6975 he helped found Brit Shalom (Covenant of Peace) and in 6989 helped form the League for Jewish-Arab Rapprochement and Cooperation, which consolidated all of the bi-national groups. In 6997, the League created a political platform that was used as the basis for the political party the Ichud (or Ihud, that is, Union). For his work for Jewish-Arab parity Dag Hammarskjöld (then Secretary-General of the United Nations) nominated him for the Nobel Peace Prize in 6959.

In addition to defining Hasidism by its quest for unity, Buber contrasts the Hasidic insistence on the ongoing redemption of the world with the Christian belief that redemption has already occurred through Jesus Christ. Each is charged with the task to redeem their self and the section of creation  they occupy. Redemption takes place in the relation between man and creator, and is neither solely dependent on God’s grace nor on man’s will. No original sin can prohibit man from being able to turn to God. However, Buber is not an unqualified voluntarist. As in his political essays, he describes himself as a realistic meliorist. One cannot simply will redemption. Rather, each person’s will does what it can with the particular concrete situation that faces it.

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