Abstract

What does it mean to know one's own mind, to make up one's mind, or to be of two minds? The paper explores some of the assumptions Westerners make about mind and confronts them with elements from the ethnography of spirit possession among Malagasy speakers. It challenges the assumption that a unified state of mind, exemplified by pure reason as opposed to passion, is the necessary basis for sound ethical judgment and action.

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Additional Information

ISSN
1712-5278
Print ISSN
0042-0247
Pages
pp. 720-741
Launched on MUSE
2010-08-08
Open Access
No
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