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Tradition and Discovery: The Polanyi Society Periodical

Volume 21, Issue 1, 1994/1995

Walter B. Mead
Pages 33-44

William Poteat’s Anthropology
“Mindbody in the World”

Using the metaphor of a circle with its center, periphery, and radius, this essay explores William Poteat's understanding of the self, or "mindbody," in its dynamic and creative relation to the larger world, or cosmos, identifying the mindbody's prereflective radix with the "center," its boundary or point of interface with the larger world with the "periphery," and its dialectical evolution and articulation of a sense of coherence and meaning in terms of a pretensive and retrotensive "radius."

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