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Concepts and Persons

Concepts and Persons

By Michael Lambek, 2021, University of Toronto Press

https://utorontopress.com/9781487509057/concepts-and-persons/

The Tanner Lectures are a collection of educational and scientific discussions relating to human values. Conducted by leaders in their fields, the lectures are presented at renowned institutions around the world, including the universities of Oxford, Harvard, and Yale. In January 2019, University of Toronto’s Michael Lambek, professor, former Canada Research Chair, and member of the Royal Society of Canada, delivered the Tanner Lecture at the University of Michigan’s Department of Philosophy on the topic of “Concepts and Persons.”

As well as tracing his career in social and cultural anthropology, Lambek’s Tanner Lecture spoke on the intersection of anthropology and philosophy as a means of articulating the moral basis of human action. Lambek’s lecture is a profound examination of the human condition, and is beautifully captured in this publication.

Concepts and Persons recounts the lecture as delivered during the prestigious event, the commentary of three distinguished respondents, and Lambek’s own response to that commentary. The book’s presentation of the lecture also includes a rich and layered set of notes that augment the lecture significantly and offer additional clarification and thought developed since the event.

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