On Depth in Culture

Christopher Peet & William E. Smythe

What is ‘depth in culture’? We argue the irreducibly metaphorical nature of ‘depth’ entails it cannot be approached through a logical analysis of conceptual material for which ‘necessary and sufficient conditions’ can be ascertained, but that its ‘aspectual shape’ can be described through exploration of experiential material. Using three examples to explore the question, we describe phenomenological, hermeneutic, inter-cultural, and dynamic aspects that we propose are ‘criterial’ for depth. 

Peet, C., & Smythe, W. (2014). On depth in culture. Paper presented at Western Canadian Theoretical Psychology (WCTP) Annual Conference, held in Victoria, BC, Sept. 25-28, 2014.

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