[Publication] Kei Yoshida, Rationality and Cultural Interpretivism

11 October, 2014 YOSHIDA Kei, Publications

Kei Yoshida, the former UTCP project lecturer, has published his monograph, Rationality and Cultural Interpretivism: A Critical Assessment of Failed Solutions, from Lexington Books.


Three representative philosophers of the social sciences--Stephen Turner, Ian Jarvie, and Steve Fuller--has written its endorsements:

The debate over the rationality of other cultures has continued and branched in different directions since its high point in the 1960s, and is overdue for a critical survey. Kei Yoshida provides just that: a nuanced philosophical analysis of the main figures and of the issues among them from a strongly argued Popperian point of view. — Stephen Turner, University of South Florida
Anthropologists have long confused their liberal and tolerant values with a rudderless and amoral relativism. Yoshida looks at prominent case studies and their protagonists and exposes this confusion for what it is. He shows that rational, scientific discussion of other societies is fruitful and unproblematic, and that a liberal and tolerant attitude toward the mores of others need not be linked to an unrestrained relativism. Yoshida’s ringing defense of Enlightenment values is wholly convincing. All students of ethics and of anthropology will enjoy and benefit from this book. — Ian Jarvie, York University
Yoshida has provided a comprehensive Popperian refutation of the claim that cultural interpretivism—in all various disciplinary forms—operates with an account of rationality that is sufficient for making sense of the full range of human thought and action. It will be an invaluable research tool for those interested in the conceptual debates that have helped to define the frontiers of the more humanistic side of the social sciences for the past half-century. — Steve Fuller, Professor of Sociology, University of Warwick; Author of The New Sociological Imagination

[Book Information]
Kei Yoshida, Rationality and Cultural Interpretivism: A Critical Assessment of Failed Solutions. Lanham, MD: Lexington Books, 2014.
ISBN Cloth: 978-0-7391-7399-2
ISBN eBook: 978-0-7391-7400-5

[Table of Contents]
Chapter 1: Introduction
Chapter 2: Rationality and Other Cultures: The Case of Peter Winch
Chapter 3: Problems with Charles Taylor’s Philosophy of the Human Sciences
Chapter 4: Defending Scientific Study of the Social: Against Clifford Geertz (and His Critics)
Chapter 5: Rationality Relativised or Degrees of Rationality: Marshall Sahlins versus Gananath Obeyesekere
Chapter 6: Psychoanalytic Anthropology Psychologized: The Case of Gananath Obeyesekere
Chapter 7: Why Cultural Interpretivism Fails: The Distinction between Nature and Convention, and the Unintended Consequences of Human Actions
Chapter 8: Conclusion

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