Rationality of Purity and Danger

Abstract: Mary Douglas, who has died recently, developed her Group / Grid theory based upon her field reseach in West Africa and a deep study of the Old Testament. The gist of her argument: Rationality is not universal, it is culture-dependent. And Culture, understood here as a way-of-life or a sort of Habitus, is a mix of values, behaviour and patterns of organisaion. Culture is shaped by 2 forces, Group and Grid. I intend to elaborate an these, and show how fruitful the theory has been in various empirical fields.

Elath Hall, 2nd floor, Feldman Building, Edmond J. Safra Campus
Friday, November 23, 2007 - 10:00 to 12:00
Old Lecturers: 
Emanuel Sivan
Old Lecturers University: 
The Hebrew University