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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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What Counts as the Same?

What Counts as the Same?

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(p.5) 1 What Counts as the Same?
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How Things Count as the Same
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Adam B. Seligman

Robert P. Weller

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/oso/9780190888718.003.0002

This chapter begins by exploring the multiple forms and analytic purchases carried by memory, mimesis, and metaphor. It asks what we mean when we say that people share a culture. Rather than beginning with the assumption of the unity of culture or the priority of the individual decision maker, we focus on how people come to perceive things as shared. This is just one facet of our basic underlying question: What counts as the same? What lets two people, or two million people, feel that they have the same culture, or for that matter the same class, gender, race, religion, or any other category? This is not actually a question of how much we actually share but how and when we come to perceive that we share; not what is the same, but what counts as the same.

Keywords:   memory, metaphor, mimesis, ground, Charles Sanders Peirce, sign

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