Culture@Large 2001: "Moral Passages: Making Bedfellows of Philosophers and Anthropologists"

Society for Cultural Anthropology, Culture@Large, "Moral Passages: Making Bedfellows of Philosophers and Anthropologists" presented by Kathryn Pyne Addelson (Philosophy, Smith C). Organized by Brackette Wiliams, Washington, D. C., 2001

"Lamas in procession at a pae. From Ernestine McHugh, "Contingent Selves: Love and Death in a Buddhist Society in Nepal," CA 17, no. 2 (2002):210-245. Photography by Ernestine McHugh." March 23, 2001.

This SCA session explored issues of moral relativism and conceptions of social justice in diversified social orders that proclaim commitments to multiculturalism in opposition to the previous homogenizing notions of a "melting pot," associated with many nationalist ideologies, especially those in the United States.  What are the weaknesses and strengths for future conceptualizations of citizenship rights and obligations, of the moral philosophis on which critical aspects of liberal democratic practices are presumed to have been based?  

Kathyryn Pyne Addelson's work has focused on philosophical investigations of how we might pose answers to the question: How should we live? She is concerned with the empirical realities of how people live out answers to this question in groups, communities and nations. In her address, she considered how the "we" is formed in regard to collective action and the moral passages these entail, as well as how "we" as professionals,in our activities as scientists, students of the huamnities and of politics, should understand our work.


• Stephen Gregory (New York U)


• Sharon O. Long (John Carroll U)

• Michel Rolph-Trouillot (Johns Hopkins U)

• Laurence Thomas (U Syracuse)

• David Theo Goldberg (Arizona State)

• Rayna Rapp (New School)