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How Things Count as the SameMemory, Mimesis, and Metaphor$
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Adam B. Seligman and Robert P. Weller

Print publication date: 2018

Print ISBN-13: 9780190888718

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: April 2019

DOI: 10.1093/oso/9780190888718.001.0001

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How Things Count as the Same

Adam B. Seligman

Robert P. Weller

Oxford University Press

This chapter introduces the problem of how human beings craft enduring social groups and long-lasting relationships. Given the myriad differences that divide one individual from another, it raises the questions, to be answered in subsequent chapters, of why we recognize anyone as somehow sharing a common fate with us and how we might live in harmony with groups that may not share that sense of common fate. Answers will point to how memory, mimesis, and metaphor create different forms of sameness (and so also of difference), and how they carry with them different possibilities for empathy, for crossing boundaries, and for negotiating the terms of sameness and difference between communities and individuals.

Keywords:   memory, mimesis, metaphor, sameness and difference, boundaries

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