Quotations of note: Howard Morphy

Prof. Howard Morphy (right)

The last line is such a beautiful turn of phrase.

Comparative anthropology involves this process of stretching and redefining concepts, rejecting their applicability in particular cases, and developing new ones when necessary: there is a dialectic between common humanity and particular ways of being human. It is the common humanity that creates the possibility of anthropology; it is the diversity of humanity that makes it necessary.’

~ Howard Morphy 2008, Becoming Art: Exploring Cross-Cultural Categories, UNSW Press, Sydney, p. 7. 

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