Description as Reduction

CE Jewish prayerWhat is the nature and benefit of prayer? That question is at the heart of an exchange last month between Leon Wieseltier, the literary editor of the New Republic, and Tanya Luhrmann, a Stanford University professor of Anthropology. In “Dumbing Religion Down in the New York Times,” Wieseltier critiques Luhrmann’s contributions concerning prayer and speaking in tongues. Continue reading “Description as Reduction”

The Logic of Appropriation

Picture 1This morning I came across Dennis LoRusso’s interesting post on how the language and logic of appropriation ought itself to be our object of study. Have you read it? No? Well, you should. For it nicely represents the sort of shift we’re trying to make here at Culture on the Edge. Continue reading “The Logic of Appropriation”