The papers in this collection are part of a larger discourse that takes discourse itself as the object and means of understanding. As in that wider discourse, they are more concerned with the means of sentiment than with the structure and means of knowledge. They resonate to the discourse that questions the hegemony of rep resentation and epistemology in Western thought and they echo its concerns with the tropes that legitimate and justify thought and action (cf. Rorty 1979; Lyotard 1979).
Stephen A. Tyler is Professor Emeritus of Anthropology at Rice University