The Culture of Ethics

Franco La Cecla and Piero Zanini

The Culture of Ethics

Franco La Cecla and Piero Zanini

Distributed for Prickly Paradigm Press

Translated by Lydia G. Cochrane
119 pages | 4 1/2 x 7 | © 2013
Paper $12.95 ISBN: 9780984201044 Published December 2013
What is ethics? Is it a system of transcendent moral imperatives or can it be produced by ordinary people in everyday life? Do the daily rules of interaction constitute a code of ethics? In The Culture of Ethics, renowned anthropologists Franco La Cecla and Piero Zanini address these questions in a series of thought-provoking reflections that draw their inspiration from diverse sources, ranging from fieldwork in Papua New Guinea to cinematic depictions of the Ten Commandments.
An engaging and accessible contribution to the emerging area of interest in “ordinary ethics,” The Culture of Ethics explores what anthropology has to offer on the question of how we ought to live.


1. It Happens When You Travel

2. The Rules for Doing Nothing

3. Other People’s Rules

4. There’s Someone Knocking at the Door

5. Turbulent Hearts

6. An Ordinary Ethics

7. Is It Really a Morality?

8. What Sort of Morality Is This?

9. A Parenthesis

10. Taboos

11. Cambia, todo cambia

12. Lágrimas, tormentos

13. Other Torments (More Familiar This Time)

14. A Question of Scale: Still the Local Mind?

15. Rights: Human?

16. Ordinary Ethics and Aesthetics

17. Impertinence

Review Quotes
Anthropological Quarterly
“A work of charming and (one lengthy citation of Bourdieu aside) accessible prose [that] . . . offers ample opportunities for productive conversation.”
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