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How Things Count as the Same: Memory, Mimesis, and Metaphor

Adam B. Seligman and Robert P. Weller


How do human beings craft enduring social groups and long-lasting relationships? Given the myriad differences that divide one individual from another, why do we recognize anyone as somehow sharing a common fate with us? How do we live in harmony with groups that may not share that sense of common fate? Such relationships lie at the heart of the problems of pluralism that increasingly face so many nations today. This book answers a seemingly simple question, which forms the core of how we constitute ourselves as groups and as individuals: What counts as the same? Note that “counting as” the sam ... More

Keywords: memory, mimesis, metaphor, representation, repetition, pluralism, identity, difference, empathy, play

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2018 Print ISBN-13: 9780190888718
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: April 2019 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780190888718.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Adam B. Seligman, author
Professor in the Department of Religion, Boston University

Robert P. Weller, author
Professor in the Department of Anthropology, Boston University