The Western conception of the person

The Western conception of the person as a bounded, unique, more or less integrated motivational and cognitive universe, a dynamic center of awareness, emotion, judgment, and action organized into a distinctive whole and set contrastively both against such wholes and against its social and natural background, is, however incorrigible it may seem to us, a rather peculiar idea within the context of the world’s cultures.

Clifford Geertz, Local Knowledge: Further Essays in Interpretive Anthropology (New York: Basci Books, 1983), 59.

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