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By Gerardo Reichel-Dolmatoff
In Amazonian Cosmos, a special and engaging contribution to South American ethnography, Gerardo Reichel-Dolmatoff investigates the realm view of an remoted Indian tribe, the Desana, of the Northwest Amazon. the writer labored with a unmarried informant over a protracted interval, and later checked his findings commonly within the box. The acculturated local informant expressed his principles of guy and the Universe in phrases that transcend the slim limits of a really expert ethnological paintings and that exhibit an interrelated process of indicators and logos of a lot wider curiosity. by utilizing mythology and local languages as keys to an figuring out of social habit, the writer has reached a degree of inquiry and a intensity of notion hardly ever completed in a research of primitive rain wooded area Indians, these remnants of as soon as strong tribes that now are speedily disappearing.
Claude Lévi-Strauss writes of Amazonian Cosmos: “I have tested your ebook with passionate curiosity and i'm surprised on the riches of that universe that you divulge to us in it. South American ethnography just isn't a similar back, for you might have introduced it right into a new period ... it really is very unlikely to specific sufficient appreciation for the intense demonstration you've got given us of hitherto unsuspected probabilities for research in depth.”
Amazonian Cosmos is the author’s personal translation of Desana, released in Spanish in 1969.
GERARDO REICHEL-DOLMATOFF is examine fellow on the Universidad de los Andes, and member of the Instituto Colombiano de Antropología in Bogotá. he's the writer of 8 books, together with “Colombia”: historic Peoples and areas and the folks of Aritama, and has additionally released quite a few articles on Colombian ethnology and archaeology.
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172. See LM, p. 164 ff. 34 FROM META-ETHICS TO ETHICS visit my aunt who is sick but let me not do it" which, according to Hare, is a statement of psychological fact and involves no logical contradiction. If the latter is the case, then his judgement "I ought to go and visit my aunt who is sick but let me not do it" retains its full prescriptive force and is, as we saw, logically contradictory. Hare's answer to the objection is accordingly that in all cases in which evaluative judgements do not entail imperatives, they are not used in their prescriptive force.
Things are slightly different in the case of Ethical Intuitionist theories. True, we get the truth conditions of a moral statement by appeal to a faculty of moral intuition. So when two people or two societies disagree, their moral opinions depend on whose moral intuitions they rely on. The difference between the Naturalistic and the Intuitionist theories is that whereas in the former we have different sets of truth conditions of a moral statement, in the latter we have only one set of truth conditions, the one determined by the appeal to the faculty of intuition.
In a similar manner, Hare contends, in the case of Subjective Naturalistic theories when two societies or two people disagree about a certain issue, then the truth conditions of the moral statement are determined by virtue of the feelings of approval or disapproval or the attitudes which the action or person under evaluation arouses in each party. Consequently, if one person claims that "Action X is wrong" and another person contends "Action X is not wrong", then the first says that action X, as a matter of psychological fact, arouses in him certain feelings of approval, whereas the second one says that action X, as a matter of psychological fact, arouses in him certain feelings of disapproval.
Amazonian Cosmos: The Sexual and Religious Symbolism of the Tukano Indians by Gerardo Reichel-Dolmatoff