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This important new work by Roy Wagner is about the autonomy of symbols and their role in creating culture. Its argument, anticipated in the author's previous book, The Invention of Culture , is at once symbolic, philosophical, and evolutionary: meaning is a form of perception to which human beings are physically and mentally adapted. Using examples from his many years of research among the Daribi people of New Guinea as well as from Western culture, Wagner approaches the question of the creation of meaning by examining the nonreferential qualities of symbols such as their aesthetic and formal properties that enable symbols to stand for themselves."

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780226869292
ISBN-10: 0226869296
Format: Paperback
(228mm x 158mm x 13mm)
Pages: 162
Imprint: University of Chicago Press
Publisher: The University of Chicago Press
Publish Date: 1-Mar-1986
Country of Publication: United States

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