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Anthropology and the Humanities by Ruth Benedict, edited and with an introduction by Alex Golub

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Title: Anthropology and the Humanities by Ruth Benedict, edited and with an introduction by Alex Golub
Authors: Benedict, Ruth
Golub, Alex
Keywords: humanistic anthropology
William Shakespeare
George Santayana
LC Subject Headings: Benedict, Ruth, 1887-1948
Literature and anthropology
Issue Date: 20 Dec 2013
Series/Report no.: Savage Minds Occasional Papers No. 7
Abstract: This number of the Savage Minds Occasional Paper Series features Ruth Benedict's “anthropology and the humanities.” This piece is the published version of the lecture Benedict delivered for her presidential address at the annual meeting of the American Anthropological association in 1947. In this piece, one of the last she wrote before she passed away, she argues that anthropologists can benefit from drawing on the methods of the humanities in addition to scientific methods. Benedict's argument is worth examining in its own terms, but it is also worth reading between the lines of her essay. In making her case for the humanities, Benedict implicitly describes anthropology’s core values. This piece is valuable, then, not only for its argument about the humanities, but because it gives us a summary of what one of our foundational figures considered the essence of anthropology to be.
Pages/Duration: 11
Rights: This original work is copyright by Alex Golub, 2013. The author has issued the work under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 3.0 United States license. You are free • to share - to copy, distribute and transmit the work • to remix - to adapt the work Under the following conditions • attribution - you must attribute the work in the manner specified by the author • noncommercial - you may not use this work for commercial purposes • share alike - if you alter, transform, or build upon this work, you may distribute the resulting work only under the same or similar license to this one This work includes excerpts from Benedict, Ruth. 1948. Anthropology and the Humanities. American Anthropologist 50(4): 585-593. American Anthropological Association article content published before 1964 is in the public domain and may be used and copied without permission. For more information see The original article appears at The author has taken care to respect the rights of all copyright holders and welcomes communications regarding the copyright status of this work. Please contact him at
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