Cultural or Latent Background of Aging

  • John W. MurphyEmail author
Part of the International Perspectives on Aging book series (Int. Perspect. Aging, volume 7)


Most contemporary writers argue that social phenomena are not simply empirical. Another way of describing this shift in thinking is to say that nothing escapes the influence of culture. Since the onset of various philosophies that challenge dualism, this conclusion is unavoidable (Longino and Murphy 1995). Nonetheless, culture is not viewed in a deterministic fashion, whereby cultural laws pervade a society and shape all behavior. With respect to the changes announced by modern philosophy, culture should not be understood to operate in such a causal and restrictive manner.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of SociologyUniversity of MiamiCoral GablesUSA

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