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The Price Of Truth: Gift, Money, And Philosophy.

Henaff, Marcel.

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ISBN 10: 0804760810 / ISBN 13: 9780804760812
Published by Stanford University Press, Stanford, 2010
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496 pages. Hardcover with dustjacket. New book. PHILOSOPHY. Can exchange bring us together? Are there any physical or intangible goods that escape the logic of the marketplace? Is there a relationship between truthÑthe very purpose of philosophyÑand money? Does truth have a price? Contrary to the Sophists, who demanded payment in return for their expertise, Socrates spoke for free. He had to do so, according to Aristotle, because knowledge cannot be measuredÑthough he could accept gifts in return. Today, we expect artists and intellectuals to be compensated for their labors. But is giving merely a form of exchange that was replaced by commerce? Anthropological investigation shows that the issue lies elsewhere: to give is to recognize in order to be recognized. It is to seal an alliance, to give oneself in what is given. Gifting raises further questions regarding the nature of sacrifice and the extent to which this last involves debt or grace. In The Price of Truth, H始aff addresses these topics in turn, arguing that the relationship established by the gift lies at the core of the social bond. What emerges is a theory of culture and community formation that accounts for the structural patterns of traditional, political, and market-dominated societies. Crucial here is the idea that gifting and marketplace exchange are incommensurable. The latter, which involves money and contracts, has its own economic, political, and ethical necessity. The gift, though, always raises the ethical question of reciprocal recognition, a radical imperative to respect and be respected. Money has the power to threaten this requirement and break the bond that unites us. Why? To answer is to understand how theÑpricelessÑprice of truth is inseparable from that of dignity.Translated into English from the French by Jean-Louis Morhange with the collaboration of Anne-Marie Feenberg-Dibon. In 2002, The Price of Truth was awarded the Grand Prize for Philosophy by the Acad士ie Fran溝ise and the Prize for Philosophy by the French Academy of Moral and Political Sciences. Marcel H始aff is Professor of Philosophy and Anthropology at the University of California, San Diego. He is the author of Sade, the Invention of the Libertine Body (1999), L思i-Strauss and the Making of Structural Anthropology (1998), and Public Space and Democracy (2001). "Among the numerous studies of the 'gift'Ñceremonial gift-giving as distinct from exchange and from charityÑMarcel H始aff's wide-ranging book is the best. Its empirical richness is disciplined by a rigorous conceptual framework. This is one of the most important philosophical works of our time, full of inspiring ideas for anthropologists, sociologists, theologians, and historians."ÑDr. Hans Joas, Max Weber Center, University of Erfurt, Germany, and Committee on Social Thought, University of Chicago (Key Words: Marcel H始aff, Jean-Louis Morhange, Anne-Marie Feenberg-Dibon, Philosophy, Anthropology, Truth, Culture, Gifts, Money, Compensation). Bookseller Inventory # 72175X1

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Title: The Price Of Truth: Gift, Money, And ...

Publisher: Stanford University Press, Stanford

Publication Date: 2010

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition:New

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Can exchange bring us together? Are there any physical or intangible goods that escape the logic of the marketplace? Is there a relationship between truth―the very purpose of philosophy―and money? Does truth have a price? Contrary to the Sophists, who demanded payment in return for their expertise, Socrates spoke for free. He had to do so, according to Aristotle, because knowledge cannot be measured―though he could accept gifts in return.
Today, we expect artists and intellectuals to be compensated for their labors. But is giving merely a form of exchange that was replaced by commerce? Anthropological investigation shows that the issue lies elsewhere: to give is to recognize in order to be recognized. It is to seal an alliance, to give oneself in what is given. Gifting raises further questions regarding the nature of sacrifice and the extent to which this last involves debt or grace.
In The Price of Truth, Hénaff addresses these topics in turn, arguing that the relationship established by the gift lies at the core of the social bond. What emerges is a theory of culture and community formation that accounts for the structural patterns of traditional, political, and market-dominated societies. Crucial here is the idea that gifting and marketplace exchange are incommensurable. The latter, which involves money and contracts, has its own economic, political, and ethical necessity. The gift, though, always raises the ethical question of reciprocal recognition, a radical imperative to respect and be respected. Money has the power to threaten this requirement and break the bond that unites us. Why? To answer is to understand how the―priceless―price of truth is inseparable from that of dignity.

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In 2002, The Price of Truth was awarded the Grand Prize for Philosophy by the Académie Française and the Prize for Philosophy by the French Academy of Moral and Political Sciences.
Marcel Hénaff is Professor of Philosophy and Anthropology at the University of California, San Diego. He is the author of Sade, the Invention of the Libertine Body (1999), Lévi-Strauss and the Making of Structural Anthropology (1998), and Public Space and Democracy (2001).

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