Summer 2014 Philosophy of Culture Questions

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Major Course Research Questions

  1. What skills are involved in seeing things anthropologically?
  2. How do practices and beliefs from animist religion become visible in ethnographic description?
  3. What are some of the metaphysical and practical commitments of Ewe Togolese Vodoo?
  4. How should we understand the political dynamics of the Dahomey empire as the slave trade was ending?
  5. What are some of the main positions in development studies today, especially with respect to Africa?
  6. Combining our studies of development theory with our knowledge of conditions and history of Benin, what is our best theory of the development challenges facing Benin?