By Didier Fassin
A better half to ethical Anthropology is the 1st collective attention of the anthropological dimensions of morals, morality, and ethics. unique essays by way of foreign specialists discover many of the currents, methods, and matters during this vital new self-discipline, analyzing issues akin to the ethnography of moralities, the research of ethical subjectivities, and the exploration of ethical economies.
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It represses inasmuch as it elevates, and elevates inasmuch as it constrains. The sacred is decidedly an object of respect, but that respect has nothing in common with what Kant conceived as nonpathological, purely practical feeling. Durkheim’s notion of respect, with its dual aspects of desire and subservience, is fully reintegrated into the realm of sensibility through the intercession of our feeling of the sacred. Nonetheless, explains Durkheim, the sacred too is a fact, less an elucidation than an illustration – the empirical manifestation – of the coexistence of opposites.
Warfare, long ignored by anthropologists, has received much more attention in the past decades and its moral dimension has been approached through questions of the legitimization of military intervention as just, the disqualification of certain practices, such as the use of child soldiers, the demonization of certain resistance movements, designated as terrorism; in each case, moral arguments were produced; noticeably social scientists themselves have participated in this moral discourse via their critique of war.
Piety can be viewed as a religious category but it is also a moral one, or rather, if we consider it not from the perspective of religious morality, which would be imposed on individuals, but from the perspective of ethical subjectivation, which agents would deliberately make their own, it can be regarded as a category of practice: certain Egyptian Muslim groups have made it essential to their being in the world; understanding the signification they give it provides a completely different view on Islam.
A Companion to Moral Anthropology by Didier Fassin