This week we sat down with Professor George Mentore of the Department of Anthropology. Professor Mentore specializes in socio-cultural anthropology, with an emphasis on philosophical anthropology. At the University of Virginia he has taught a variety of courses, including “Amazonian Peoples,” “Desire and World Economics,” “Anthropology of God,” and “Power and the Body.” Some of the questions covered in this episode include:
- How would you describe the project of anthropology? What distinguishes anthropology from history, philosophy, or psychology?
- What is ethnography? Where do ethnography’s limits lie? How do you prove to others the validity of studies rarely replicated?
- What are the ethics of observation? How does one ethically study the Other?
- What is the “fold”?
And many, many more!
Thank you again, Professor Mentore!