Abstract

This essay operates on the assumption that objects can inspire thought, and thought can generate debate, and the consequences of that debate can be of ontological importance. Thus, the inanimate object plays no “conscious” role in engendering ideas, but humans invest in it a range of meanings which can reach levels of great cultural and historical significance. The object in question is a golden seal, presently on display in the Fukuoka City Museum in Japan.

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Additional Information

ISSN
1086-3222
Print ISSN
0022-5037
Pages
pp. 351-369
Launched on MUSE
2012-07-23
Open Access
No
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