Wise old men (and women)
recovering a positive anthropology of aging
This chapter discusses if and how we can recover a more positive anthropology of aging. I argue that we can discern important characteristics that only the old can possess. In particular, having lived a long life is strongly and reliably linked to having a store of first-person experiences that the young cannot have. Therefore the old are more likely to provide knowledge about social change and the pursuit of a good life.
Holm, S. (2020)., Wise old men (and women): recovering a positive anthropology of aging, in M. Schweda, M. Coors & C. Bozzaro (eds.), Aging and human nature, Dordrecht, Springer, pp. 233-240.
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